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Half of women believe their gender affects chances of being hired. New research from the UK’s only dedicated recruitment agency review site has revealed that 79 percent of Brits believe that employers work towards a “candidate brief” when hiring. A further 34 percent believe that potential employers could be put off by their age, depending on the role.

New research has revealed that a quarter of Brits believe that employers make decisions with regards to who they hire based on irrelevant personal information. A third of these said that they thought their age would be taken into consideration when applying for a job, whilst 79 percent thought that employers worked towards a “candidate brief”.

The research was conducted by the UK’s only dedicated recruitment agency review site,, who wanted to find out what members of the British public thought of the job application and selection procedure; as a result 1,278 people in the UK were polled. When asked the question “do you think personal information such as gender, age and marital status would hinder your chances of employment?”  a quarter of respondents, 26 percent, said that they thought it would, compared to the 67 percent who said that they didn’t.

When asked respondents to stipulate what factors they thought would affect their chances of employment, a third, 34 percent said that they thought their age could have a negative impact on their application. Of these three quarters, 77 percent said that they thought they would be less likely to get the job because they were ‘too old’. 23 percent said they thought young people could be ruled out for their  “lack of experience”.

Just over half of women, 52 percent, said that they believed their gender could go against them when applying for a job, however 87 percent of them said that it wouldn’t stop them from trying. 72 percent of male respondents confessed that they thought their gender would work in their favour when it came to applying for a new job.

A fifth of employees believed that their marital status could hinder their chances of getting employed in their chosen career. Those who were single believed that they were least likely to be considered for a job, as they felt employers would believe them to be “less likely to remain loyal” with 23 percent saying they believed this. When asked respondents whether they thought their potential new employer was working towards a “brief”, 79 percent admitted that they thought they were.

Lisette Howlett, managing director of said: “Personal information such as gender, marital status and age should not be considered relevant when it comes to employing someone. It is somewhat worrying therefore that such a high percentage feel that some employers may base their hiring decisions on these factors.  Many employers take personal details from potential employees during the application process, but these are normally strictly for monitoring purposes and shouldn’t affect your chances of employment.”

She continued: “Whist it may be that certain job requirements make a job less attractive or practical for some people, for example, a single parent with a young child might not wish to travel long distances and stay overnight on business trips but this is for the individual to decide and not for the employer to assume.  If a job does include extensive travel and overnight trips all candidates should be asked if this job requirement is understood by them and something that they can manage.  If they say yes, they qualify for consideration.”

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