Sexism | Women 30% less likely than men to get asked to interview

    Women 30% less likely than men to get asked to interview

    According to new research conducted by Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona, women are on average 30% less likely to be called for a job interview than men – despite sharing similar qualifications – the Economic Times reported.

    The research, which was conducted to gain a greater understanding of gender bias in the recruitment process, included more than 5,600 CVs of people between the ages of 37 and 39 years in age. They were sent to a total of 18 businesses in varying sectors.

    Under equal terms, the likelihood of receiving a call for a job interview was 30% lower for women than men. Women without children received interview calls 23.5 per cent lower than men. 

    Mothers were on average 35.9% less likely to be called for a job interview than males with children.

    The study highlights an ongoing trend in the recruitment industry toward gender bias; earlier this year, it was revealed that three in five industries are still sexist towards female applicants.

    The Adzuna study, which evaluated over 1.2million adverts within the UK’s job market for 170 traditionally female and male-coded words such as ‘lead’ and ‘dominant’ for men, or ‘sensitive’ and ‘affectionate’ for women between 2014 and 2018, found that a staggering 60% favoured what the study called ‘traditionally male key phrases’.

    While gender bias issues were prevalent in the majority of industries, consultancy and property maintenance topped the list of sectors featuring the worst cases of male-dominant phrasing, with a professional base of 50% or more male influence.

    While the sales industry has seen some progress, falling from 84% in 2014 to 50% in 2018, job ads within the consultancy, property, maintenance and travel industries have seen an increase in the use of male-coded words. These industries now use 72%, 54%, 51% and 46% respectively more male than female-biased language.

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    On the contrary, the industries with the most female-biased language in job adverts in 2018 are Domestic Help & Cleaning (60%), Teaching (38%), Social Work (30%), Charity & Voluntary (27%) and Healthcare & Nursing (12%).

    Adzuna Co-Founder Andrew Hunter commented: “Gendered wording in job adverts can have the effect of supporting the gender imbalance within industries that are already perceived as being male-dominated.”

    “Unconscious bias may lead to accidental discrimination, but there is no excuse in 2019."

    "It’s time for employers to go back to the drawing board and redesign their recruitment basics in order to keep up with the times.

    "We’re already seeing movement being made towards gender equality when it comes to pay; why should attracting talent be any different?” he concluded.



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