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Workplace Equality Demands Lead to Unqualified Hires


Ahead of International Women’s Day (March 8th), surprising research reveals that gender equality initiatives could result in poor hiring decisions and even lead to unfair treatment towards male workers.

The news comes from CV-Library, the UK’s largest job site, which conducted a survey amongst over 2,000 UK employees to uncover workers’ attitudes towards the gender pay gap and gender equality initiatives. The findings revealed:

  • 54.1% of UK workers think that equality policies lead to unqualified candidates getting jobs because hiring managers are more focused on diversity than qualifications
  • Almost half (48.3%) of professionals believe less focus should be placed on gender discrimination in the workplace
  • Perhaps this is because 38.8% of workers believe that constant hype around the gender pay gap is actually having a negative effect on men

While there’s no denying that the gender discrimination is an issue in today’s society – 76.4% of respondents believe gender inequality exists in the workplace and a further 72.3% agree there is a gender pay gap – the data suggests that the hype surrounding gender equality issues could actually be having a negative impact on the workplace.

Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of CV-Library comments:

“Gender quality is a real issue that needs to be taken seriously, but initiatives that promote equality simply cannot get in the way of business productivity. When UK employers are hiring new workers, it’s essential that the best candidate gets the job, regardless of gender. The data shows us that enforcing diversity quotas or equality initiatives can actually have a negative impact on the business and its workforce.”

While 33.5% of workers believe the root cause of the gender pay gap can be attributed to old gender stereotypes, respondents cited a variety of other possibilities, including: weak employment laws, men choosing higher-paying jobs, and men and women holding different types of jobs.

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CV-Library is one of the UK’s largest online job sites, with the UK’s biggest database of over 10.3m CVs. The company was founded in 2000 as a response to Lee’s identification of a market niche. As a young carpet fitter at the time struggling to find work, Lee saw a need for an easy-to-use job board benefiting both job hunters and recruiters. With a £9k loan and help from a web developer, the CV-Library website was built. Lee’s raw passion and hands-on marketing strategies lifted the business off the ground and it is this that continues to push his company to new heights.

The business is now one of the fastest growing websites in the country. The team is expanding rapidly, now employing over 140 staff. It has also launched sister website, Resume Library, in the US, where the company is set to expand and take the brand global over the coming years. Lee puts the reason for his success down to working incredibly hard, loving what he does and a strong desire to make the business the best it can be.

Lee has received over 50 awards and accolades to date and was last year recognised as Entrepreneur of the Year. In April 2015 CV-Library was also ranked as number 49 in the Sunday Times Profit Track 100.

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