BBC changes application process to promote social diversity.

‘The BBC is to remove names and universities from job applications as part of a bid to increase social diversity among its workforce.

The steps are part of a package of changes aimed at helping candidates from underrepresented groups make it through to interviews.

Studies have suggested that prospective applicants can be disadvantaged in job hunts by their names, in particular those that indicate someone is not from a white British background. The removal of names mirrors moves by universities admissions body Ucas to introduce “name-blind” applications from 2017 to tackle “unconscious bias”.

The corporation is also keen to tackle its image as a stuffy middle-class organisation dominated by Oxbridge graduates, and hopes removing the place of study from applications will help widen the pool of applicants making it to interview. The measures are already in place for graduate and apprenticeship schemes as part of a government initiative, but will be extended to all core roles in the coming months.

Other new policies include making sure interview panels contain male and female people, and “where possible” different ethnicities, and the recording of information such as education and family income to help recruiters identify areas of under-representation. - Guardian

 

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