Application forms asking for your ethnicity

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James4d
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What is the point of it? I once applied for a job and on the application form it stated something along the lines of "we want to keep our staff diverse and give equal opportunities to all minorities", which I thought was, ironically, very discriminatory.

Why is it necessary to state your ethnicity on a job application? Or is it some daft law I'm not aware of that states businesses need to employ x amount of whites/blacks/asians regardless of whether they're right for the job role?
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Was there not an option for "I prefer not to say"?
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It is only for statistical purposes and is not discriminatory at all. It doesn't play any role in the selection process and there is no law that they have to fill certain quotas. It is not actually compulsory for you to fill it in and you can usually leave it blank or select "prefer not to say".
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if your name's mohammed you don't really need to put your ethnicity down
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I would think its so at the end of the year they can go "15% of the people who applied were of x ethnicity" etc etc, they could find out whether there was a big difference in applicants and hires ethnicities for example.

If someone said "everyone here is black, that's racist" they could look at the applicants and say, well 97% of people who applied were black, so no, its not racist.
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I hate filling out the ethnicity part, I always feel I may lose out on a job because of my skin colour.
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(Original post by James4d)
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The form is separated out and is not seen by the people deliberating your application. As someone above said, it is used for statistical purposes. It's not about who they employ, but about who applies. They use the stats to ensure their job adverts are reaching a representative population and the language they use in the advert isn't inadvertently causing discrimination.
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Just tick 'Other' and write: "Native-Afro-American-Jewish".
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(Original post by Ilyas)
if your name's mohammed you don't really need to put your ethnicity down
You could be African/Middle eastern/Pakistani/Indian/British Asain.

Yeah would be easy to guess
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I loved the time i joined the local library and they asked me for my ethnicity
(i am white and fairly paled skinned)

"Black" i said.

the look i got, lmao

These ethnic monitoring forms are used..if they are not, why would they have them. They are a relic from the Labout years. They are used primarily to fill quotas in universities to makes sure that enough people from ethnic minorities are getting the places they need. - Racial equality - *******s. There can be no equality when race is being monitored. If there was equality then why would a form ever be needed.
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(Original post by Ilyas)
if your name's mohammed you don't really need to put your ethnicity down
Mohammeds are wide and varied where ethnicity is concerned. :tongue:
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(Original post by Mask Of Sanity)
Mohammeds are wide and varied where ethnicity is concerned. :tongue:
ethnicity not faith... my bad :facepalm:
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why not. You could be African, Chinese, British. Muslim is not an ethnicity
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