UK employers keep breaking the law by asking this question to potential employees!
Employers are asking illegal and discriminatory questions in job interviews, a study by Hyper Recruitment Solutions (HRS) has revealed.
When you are applying for a job, your plans for your personal life or your body should not matter. This is why there is a probability of breaching employment law by asking the potential staff if they will get married, plan to have children or how many sick days they have taken in their last job.
But according to a study by science and technology recruitment firm Hyper Recruitment Solutions (HRS), a bulk of companies subject candidates to illegal questioning such as if they were planning to get married, have kids and go on paternity or maternity leave.
Of the 1000 managers inquired for the study, 40% said these questions were acceptable and 80% of the managers do not think the question is potentially illegal in any way. This is very surprising, as to a great extent it could be perceived as discriminatory or biased.
Ricky Martin in partnership with Sir Alan Sugar setup Hyper Recruitment Solutions after winning the BBC reality TV show ‘The Apprentice’ in 2012 said: “It’s pretty shocking to unearth that such practices are happening every day in the hiring process. It is imperative British bosses are educated on workplace practice, to put a stop to such shocking interview practices which lead to unprecedented inequality. Official training should be mandatory across all business sectors for anyone involved in the process of interviewing prospective candidates.”
Early this year, the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) commissioned a pool by YouGov, that showed businesses were “decades behind the law”. Another survey of 1106 senior people at private companies with authority to make recruitment decisions, a third of those thought it was reasonable to ask a woman about her “personal plans to have children in the future during the recruitment process.”
“Discriminatory questions in job interviews”
Other statistics from the same survey are equally gloomy:
- 59% think a woman should tell if she is pregnant at the time of the recruitment process.
- 46% think it’s reasonable to ask a woman if she had young children already.
- 40% claim to have seen at least one pregnant woman in their workplace “take advantage” of their pregnancy.
This discriminatory positions taken by managers during the recruitment process stem from, among other reasons, the notion that pregnancy places “an unnecessary cost burden” on the workplace, which has been perpetuated by high-profile business people.
Sir Alan Sugar, the host of ‘The Apprentice’ said in 2008, “everything has gone too far. We have maternity laws where people are entitled to too much.
“If someone comes into an interview and you think to yourself ‘there is a possibility that this woman might have a child and therefore take time off’ it is a bit of a psychological negative thought.