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United Kingdom Ranked As One Of The Most Racial Discriminating Countries In The Hiring Process

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As it turns out, when it comes to the hiring process, the United Kingdom has just ranked as one of the most racial and ethnic discriminating countries around the globe. France has been ranked No. 1 on the list of the nine nations studied for the level of discrimination shown during the entire recruitment process, that’s according to a new study out by the Northwestern University.

Sweden placed second on the list, followed by the United Kingdom at No. 3.

Canada took the No. 4 spot, followed by Belgium (No.5) and Norway (No.6). The United States (No.7), the Netherlands (No.8), and Germany (No.9) had relatively lower levels of discrimination.

The study took data from 97 field experiments looking at the hiring process in nine countries. A variety of resumes (200,000 job applications) with the same qualifications and different names were sent to a variety of employers during this study.

Sociology professor Lincoln Quillian, who led the study, and his team measured discrimination by calculating the percentage of interview callbacks for applicants with names that signalled non-white race or ethnicity and those that signalled white ethnicity.

Surprisingly, this study also shows that non-white applicants throughout the UK are less likely to get callbacks, despite their same qualifications.

While many of the resumes that were sent in with ‘White Names’ received callbacks.

Unfortunately, resumes that were sent in with the same qualifications but a ‘Non-White Name’ often did not receive the same attention.

Surprisingly, the United Kingdom was ranked as more discriminatory than the U.S. when it comes to the hiring process.

In fact, the United States was ranked as one of the best countries when it came to being non-discriminatory in the workplace.

Most Racial Discriminating Countries In The Hiring Process

  1. France
  2. Sweden
  3. United Kingdom
  4. Canada
  5. Belgium
  6. Norway
  7. United States
  8. Netherlands
  9. Germany

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Sophie Ireland
Sophie is currently serving as a Senior Economist at CEOWORLD magazine's Global Unit. She started her career as a Young Professional at CEOWORLD magazine in 2010 and has since worked as an economist in three different regions, namely Latin America and the Caribbean, Africa, East Asia, and the Pacific. Her research interests primarily revolve around the topics of economic growth, labor policy, migration, inequality, and demographics. In her current role, she is responsible for monitoring macroeconomic conditions and working on subjects related to macroeconomics, fiscal policy, international trade, and finance. Prior to this, she worked with multiple local and global financial institutions, gaining extensive experience in the fields of economic research and financial analysis.


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