Civil servants have sent out thousands of bogus job applications to businesses in an effort to expose racism.Wondering just how?
The applications were written with false identities to see whether firms were unfairly rejecting jobhunters with foreign-sounding names.Well, of course. Did you really expect anyone to say ‘Nope! Looks like everything’s just fine..’?
Solicitor General Vera Baird said initial results suggested 'there was quite a strong sense that there is race discrimination going on'.
Ministers already spend £70million a year on an equality quango, the Equality and Human Rights Commission, which is charged with investigating alleged racism among employers.Looks to me as if they’ve given up on that vital task, if they have time to mess about with this kind of nonsense…
But the fake job application scheme was devised within the Department of Work and Pensions, the ministry responsible for paying most benefits and trying to get the jobless back into work.
Officials conducted the exercise by putting in two or more applications for each of 1,000 job vacancies.Based purely on the name? With today’s level of mixed marriages, and underclass-naming conventions?
CVs would be similar, but the applications would be signed either with a traditional British name or one that looked as if it belonged to an applicant from an ethnic minority.
Yeah, that’s a rigorous scientific procedure, all right…
Miss Baird, who is in charge of pushing Deputy Labour Leader Harriet Harman's Equality Bill through the Commons, has said the research could lead to an addition to the Bill banning employers from asking for names from applicants before they offer an interview.*sigh*
Such a ban, she said, would also help women overcome discrimination from employers.
Is there no limit to this government’s inexhaustible supply of Ministerial idiocy…?