I'm looking at an application form for a job, basically it's a FE College.
Ok it says:
FAILURE TO COMPLETE THE INFORMATION BELOW WILL RESULT IN THE COLLEGE NOT CONSIDERING YOUR APPLICATION
Just like that in caps and bold.
The information required:
What is your ethnic origin?
Whilst I'm all for ethnic diversity, surely requiring this to even consider the application points to possible employment decisions being made with ethnicity as a factor. Surely everyone should be judged solely on their merits, irrespective of ethnic origin?
Does anyone else read this like I'm doing?
As long as they've written somewhere that your response to this question will in no way affect your application (apart from the fact you have to!) then you're being judged solely on merits. Some public institutions have to report their staff/interviewee/applicant ethnicity due to rules placed upon them, therefore 'cannot' consider applications without the question being answered.
If you suspect that some kind of discrimination is in place at the institution, 'positive' or otherwise, then I wouldn't apply anyway!
Lol the best bit... wait for it.....
The information will be held in compliance with the data protection principles (blah, blah..)
Should you become an employee, we will seek periodic confirmation from you as to its accuracy.
I'll make sure they're the first to know if I change to a Black Caribbean!
It does sound like it could be manipulated for positive discrimination.
However, a lot of businesses are duty bound nowadays to include an ethnic questionnaire. Unfortunately a lot of people don't bother completing them, so these companies have no proper statistics of how diverse their jobs appeal to ethnic minorities. Maybe this is an attempt to force people to complete this part of the application?
I'm just wondering for example, if they had 2 candidates that they couldn't choose between on academic merit etc... would ethnicity then come into play?
Just a thought, no idea.
Say you're a black muslim lesbian with a hare lip and you're a shoo-in.
I mean, how many boxes does that one tick?
Prob a clause they have to include for their powers that be
Think you're overthinking it.
If there's an 'other' category for ethnic origin, use that. Just put 'Alien' in it.
I always hate filling those in as my ethnic origin is always listed as
Mixed - Black African, English.
Says bugger all about my family, my family's history, me, or my employability. Plus, 'mixed' is just a horrible term.. makes me sound confused.
However, I always fill them in because I believe that its important for employers to check the diversity of their employees - not to positively disciminate - but to catch anything dodgy early...ie 'negative' discrimination. Same as for gender, age, sexuality, etc.
Na, no other category, otherwise I would tick it.
It's no real big deal to me, I just think that these things aren't always handled in the right way. It just shouldn't matter what my ethnicity is at this stage imo.
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