BBC to anonymise job applications

The BBC has decided to anonymise names and universities from job applications to tackle unconscious bias.

In addition, the corporation says it will ensure interview panels contain both male and female candidates and those of ethnic minorities “where possible”. Information such as education and family income will also be used by recruiters to identify gaps in representation.

The policies will be implemented to encourage underrepresented groups to make it to the interview stage, and to detach itself from its ‘middle-class Oxbridge graduate’ reputation.

Previous research has shown the influence of ‘name bias’ on decision making with candidates, with names representing ethnic minorities receiving less positive responses than applicants with a typically British name, according to a study by the National Centre for Social Research.  

Coming down on discrimination, last week the BBC introduced targets to increase diversity. By 2020, the corporation is determined to have women make up half of the workforce and have 15% of staff from ethnic minority backgrounds. Eight per cent of staff would be made up by disabled people, and also lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender people are to fill eight per cent of roles.

According to The Guardian, the BBC has previously been criticised for not representing the UK, and revealed last month that they hadn’t met their targets for BAME (black, Asian and ethnic minority) representation.

The BBC believes that their new targets and policies will put them ahead of other broadcasting corporations. A BBC spokesperson said: “We are making good progress in our work to make the BBC a truly diverse organisation, but there’s more to do and we’re always keen to improve. Almost half of our workforce is made up of women and the proportion of our workforce who are BAME is at an all-time high. We’ll continue doing what works but also develop new and innovative ideas to do even better, and we’ll set this out in full when we announce our new diversity strategy on Thursday.”



Comments (1)
Thu, 28 Apr 2016 3:11pm BST
David B
I'm interested in how they will deal with Education there are so many Female only and Male only schools in the UK, plus Lucy Cavendish and Newnham Colleges are Female only.

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