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Failure to monitor diversity opens way for costly claims

first_img Comments are closed. Employers could be leaving themselves open to discrimination payouts ofmillions of pounds from jobseekers, according to new research publishedyesterday. Even though sex discrimination payouts have recently passed the £2m mark,The Work Foundation research finds that a third of responding organisations arefailing to monitor the diversity of external job applicants. This is a simple but important procedure that can spotlight areas ofdiscrimination, and save recruiters millions in tribunal claims, according toTheo Blackwell, policy specialist at The Work Foundation. The survey of almost 500 employers, shows they are also failing to monitorthe diversity of internal applicants – 38 per cent do not monitor at all, and28 per cent do not know if their organisation monitors internal job applicantsfor race, sex and age. According to employment law, it is illegal for employers to discriminateagainst applicants on the basis of sex, disability or race. It will soon becomeillegal to discriminate on the grounds of age, sexual orientation and religionor belief. It is the employer’s responsibility to make sure the law isn’t beingbroken. Monitoring is recommended as a way of identifying possible bias. The Work Foundation report also highlights the tendency among manyorganisations to encourage word-of-mouth job applicants. Just over a quarter(27 per cent) of respondents say they have a policy of actively encouragingstaff to recommend friends and just under a quarter (22 per cent) do the samewith family members. Advisory bodies such as the Commission for Racial Equality warn thatalthough this may be economical, it is likely to lead to a far smaller pool ofsuitable applicants, and does not normally satisfy equal opportunitiesrequirements. “Employment law requirements are pushing diversity up the ladder ofworkplace issues,” said Blackwell. By Ben Willmottwww.theworkfoundation.comHR FactfileKey survey findings How employers recruit staff:– 85% advertise in the local press – 75% recruitment agencies– 68% national press– 63% job centres– 56% trade press – 55% internet  – 11% the radio Failure to monitor diversity opens way for costly claimsOn 11 Mar 2003 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more