French employers 'prefer young, white, fit males'

15th April 2005, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, April 14 (AFP) - Jobseekers in France start at an advantage if they are white, slim, male, in their 30s and not suffering from any physical disability, a study whose results were broadcast Thursday on French television has found.

PARIS, April 14 (AFP) - Jobseekers in France start at an advantage if they are white, slim, male, in their 30s and not suffering from any physical disability, a study whose results were broadcast Thursday on French television has found.

Six actors were recruited for the experiment conducted by a leading temporary employment agency: a white male of 33, a man with a slight handicap which was not mentioned on his application, a 50-year old male, a West Indian man, an obese male and a North African woman.

It involved sending prospective employers an application accompanied by a CV (resume) and a later interview.

In all 1,950 CVs plus applications were sent in reply to 325 commercial job offers. More than half (54 percent) of all the positive replies were sent to the young white man (30 percent) and the undeclared handicapped man (24 percent).

The West Indian received 21 percent of the positive replies, the obese candidate 10 percent, the woman of North African origin (who was better qualified but came from a poor suburb) nine percent and the man in his 50s six percent.

Five of the candidates (but not the obese male) attended a total of 44 interviews, some of which were filmed.

The fit young white man was the most successful, with a 92 percent rate of job offers. The woman of North African origin, whose CV had attracted little interest, scored 66 percent as did the West Indian. The handicapped candidate, whose disability only became apparent at the interview, was successful in 46 percent of cases.

The 50-year old was offered a job in only 20 percent of cases.

"The first lesson of this survey is that it is essential to keep CVs anonymous," Amadieu told AFP.

© AFP

Subject: French News

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