Three quarters of social care professionals believe class is an issue when securing a new job, research has found.
One in four people surveyed by CV-Library admitted they felt discriminated against because of their class during their job search.
Lee Biggins, founder and CEO of CV-Library, said: “Tackling discrimination around age, race, disability and gender have long been key focal points for companies, but little is talked about it in relation to social class. Our study highlights the disconnect between how workers and businesses feel about the issue in the social care sector and it’s clear that more needs to be done to raise awareness of its impact on both organisations and job hunters.
“The TUC has already called for stronger workplace rights to counter the class privilege that remains in Britain today, but businesses hold responsibility too. Ensuring that your recruitment process is fair for all applicants is crucial; especially if you’re already struggling to find the talent you need to fill your vacancies.”
More than half of respondents (57.1%) cited the school or university they attended, 42.9% the way they speak, 28.6% their class, 14.3% where they come from and 14.3% where they live when citing discriminatory factors.
Additionally, 54.5% of industry employers thought that discrimination around class was an issue when hiring, with the vast majority admitting they could be biased when assessing job applications (81.8%) and during interview (86.4%). Almost four in five (79.3%) social care professionals thought employers were biased during job applications and interviews.
When asked about the pre-judgements they make during the hiring process, 85% of employers cited the way people spoke, 55% where people were from, 25% where they lived, 20% class, and 10% school or university attended.
Almost three quarters of social care professionals think legal measures should be taken to tackle class discrimination at work with 86.4% of employers agreeing.