Is the Competition for Jobs an Even Playing Field?

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There have some instances where people have gotten jobs because they had a (sometimes unfair) advantage. This isn't right as your race, gender, or beliefs shouldn't stop you from getting the job you deserve. In this post I will be touching on the topic of the flaws for the competition for jobs, and why I think it's unjust that some aren't offered jobs because of their circumstances.

Gender

The gender pay gap is the difference in average hourly earnings between women and men. According to the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings, last year on average, women were paid approximately 83p for every £1 men were paid. This issue is important because statistically, women are less likely to progress as far as men in their career due to inequalities in pay. It's unfair that women are paid less than men because they can achieve just as much as a man can. Also, women can work just as hard as men, so why is it that they are paid less?

Status/Wealth

Back in 2019, college admissions scandals rose due to the fact celebrities were caught bribing school administrations for their children to hold a place at their universities. The accused were caught paying more than $25 million between 2011 and 2018 to organizers of the scheme, who used part of the money to fraudulently inflate entrance exam test scores and bribe college officials. This shows me that they used their money unfairly to get where they needed to be in life, even though their children didn't have the credentials to attend the school. It makes me think of the qualified students who worked hard, not get accepted all because they didn't pay their way to an education. Although the accused did not bribe to get their children a job, but to get into a school, the fact top universities allowed this to happen makes me wonder: does your status or money also apply to getting a headstart in the field of work?

Race/Ethnicity

Sadly, race can be a factor in not getting a job - however it depends on your employer. A study by experts based at the Centre for Social Investigation at Nuffield College, found applicants from minority ethnic backgrounds had to send 80% more applications to get a positive response from an employer than a white person of British origin. This makes me feel very frustrated because everyone deserves a chance to start their career and just because their name may sound like they're from a different background, doesn't mean they are less than.

Age

It's also true that age might be considered a big factor when looking for a job. Research have found that 88% of 51-60 year-olds believe that putting their date of birth on their CV makes it harder to get a job, while a further 73% believe they have been rejected for a job purely because of their age. However, I do agree that age should be taken into consideration as it may affect job performance if job tasks require sensory perception, working memory or physical strength. But it makes me wonder if older workers struggle more to get jobs because they are perceived as weaker.

Physical Factors

As age is an important factor of getting employed, physical factors are too . 76.4% of employees believe that employers make a hiring decision based on a candidate's physical appearance. You'll get evaluated for many things when looking for a profession and your looks are one of them. There are many jobs that take physical appearences very seriously, here is a short list of jobs that ban or restrict employees from certain physical features as it is not seemed "professional enough" (tattoos or percings etc):

  • law firms
  • administrative assistants and receptions
  • teachers
  • hotels/resorts
  • goverment professions

I understand companies want to keep their image and reputation high, but the way we present ourselves either from our hairstyle or clothing is a form of expression, so why is it that we have to hide the way we want to be seen for the sake of other people?

Personally, I think the competition for jobs is definitely flawed because from the evidence shown, some employers look on the outside instead of getting to know the person better. We shouldn't base our judgement on their appearance, but I think that employers should consider personality and skills more when finding a employee that will be a right fit for the job. Some of the points that are considered factors to why people aren't employed are shocking to me because you can't change your race, age, gender - you can't control the circumstances you were born in!

Lastly, my question to you is,

What is the most significant reason you read as to why some aren't given jobs? Is it shocking to you?

comfortable_chemistry

Comments (23)

  • tom Tom @ the BNC
    16 Nov 2020

    I really like how you've added a question at the bottom of each section, comfortable_chemistry! This gives us lots to reply to and talk about. You've explained where you found some of your information which is a really good habit to get into. Where did you find the story about the college admissions scandal?

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    1. Michael-Faraday-logo-250x250.jpg comfortable_chemistry | Michael Faraday School
      Tom @ the BNC's comment 16 Nov 2020

      Hi there Tom,
      There's a section on the BBC website about the college admissions scandal, with all the articles I got
      my information from:
      https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/topics/cdmk2l107p2t/us-college-admissions-scandal
      Hope this helped,
      comfortable_chemistry

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      1. tom Tom @ the BNC
        comfortable_chemistry's comment 16 Nov 2020

        Thank you - we can now all take a look and learn more!

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  • Faringdon-logo-250x250.jpg ingenious_forest | Faringdon Community College
    17 Nov 2020

    Hi, comfortable_chemistry,
    ingenious_forest here.
    I have read your post, and I have been wondering; why do people discriminate because of physical appearance?
    Is it because they are scared of someone who looks different?
    Is it because they think that they have done something wrong, and so don't want to be associated with them?
    Now I will answer the question you put at the bottom of each point:
    Firstly; "Why is it different genders are paid less?"
    Last year we did this in English, and I said that it was because 100 or so years ago, women all had to do household tasks, they were not allowed to leave the house without their husband's permission, and they were made to do all the work generally associated with women today. Obviously, this was unfair. But through the years, that is the way that women have been perceived, and so it has stuck. Also, a lot of parents are quite protective of their daughters, as women are far more likely to be damged mentally or physically, than men - because they are seen as weak.
    Secondly: "Does your status or money also apply to getting a headstart in the field of work?"
    I would say that in some jobs, Yes, it would, but for most jobs, people are eager to help you, whatever your social status, or financial heights.
    FInally; "why is it that we have to hide the way we want to be seen for the sake of other people?"
    This is because, at least 1/3 of girls, 13-25 are ashamed of the way they look. This is wrong. Everyone should be proud of the way they look. People hide the way they are seen to give them a (supposedly) better chance of being socially accepted. The world is changing, and everyone should be strong, and proud of themselves.
    And for your question, "What is the most significant reason you read as to why some aren't given jobs? Is it shocking to you?"
    The most significant reason people aren't given jobs, to me, would be gender. But the most shocking reason would definitely be physical appearance. I would never have known - without researching - that 1 in 3 girls aged 13-25, don't like the way they look! It is even more shocking to find out that people are turned away from jobs, because they look different, and may cast a shadow on the company.
    I hope you consider my answers,
    ingenious_forest

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    1. Olivia-Avatar.jpg Olivia @ the BNC
      ingenious_forest's comment 17 Nov 2020

      Excellent answers here that show you have listened to another BNC member and been open-minded in your response. It's great that you have done your research too! I wonder if you can show some scepticism here? What is one part of your answers that other people might find hard to believe? What would their reasons be?

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    2. Olivia-Avatar.jpg Olivia @ the BNC
      ingenious_forest's comment 17 Nov 2020

      Excellent answers here that show you have listened to another BNC member and been open-minded in your response. It's great that you have done your research too! I wonder if you can show some scepticism here? What is one part of your answers that other people might find hard to believe? What would their reasons be?

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      1. Faringdon-logo-250x250.jpg ingenious_forest | Faringdon Community College
        Olivia @ the BNC's comment 19 Nov 2020

        Hi Olivia,
        Thanks for your questions.
        For your first question: "What is one part of your answers that other people might find hard to believe?"
        I would say that one part of my answer to the question; "Does your status or money also apply to getting a headstart in the field of work?", would be hard to believe.
        My answer: I would say that in some jobs, Yes, it would. This would probably be the hardest to believe, as I have said that yes, status does apply to getting a job, but that would only be an enforcement job, such as the Police or the Armed Forces, as if you have been to prison, then they are unlikely to employ you.
        Secondly, for your question; "What would their reasons be?"
        Obviously, I cannot be inside the minds of other BNC members, but I would say that their reasons would probably be:

        Because I am saying Yes, to a question that you are meant to say no to!

        Because it seems that I have not backed up my point properly, but if you look closer at my explanation, there is a deeper meaning.

        Because there is not enough evidence for my answer to be believable.

        Because some of my points are not entirely plausible.

        I hope this has answered your questions, Olivia.
        If you have any more please comment again,
        ingenious_forest

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  • Faringdon-logo-250x250.jpg ingenious_forest | Faringdon Community College
    17 Nov 2020

    I forgot to put my question for you, comfortable_chemistry!
    What would your answers to your questions be?
    What is the biggest reason people are turned away from jobs?
    How can we change this?
    Why should people be treated differently because of their gender/race/class/wealth/age/appearance?
    Should we judge people?
    Is it an important part of society?
    Because if you see someone looking shifty on the street, then you judge them as sneaky/possibly criminal, and you cross to the other side or avoid them as much as possible. This judgement could save your life in some cases. So is it sometimes important that we judge people?
    I hope you can answer my questions,
    ingenious_forest

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    1. non prof headshot.jpg EXPERT: Kanupriya Marwah Senior Audit Associate @ KPMG
      ingenious_forest's comment 19 Nov 2020

      It's great to see that you are asking these questions, ingenious forest! Are you trying to say that some judgement is important? Do you consider that judgement to be fair if it impacts a person's ability to be able to do a job?

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      1. Faringdon-logo-250x250.jpg ingenious_forest | Faringdon Community College
        Kanupriya Marwah Senior Audit Associate @ KPMG's comment 19 Nov 2020

        Hi Kanupriya,
        thanks for reading through my questions, and thank you for your questions,
        For your first question; "Are you trying to say that some judgement is important?"
        To answer this I say, yes, I am trying to say that some judgement is important, because if you are not judgemental of people, then you can find yourself in bad situations. It is human to judge people, just we need to know when it is right to judge someone, and when it isn't.
        For your next question: "Do you consider that judgement to be fair if it impacts a person's ability to be able to do a job?"
        No, I don't, but if someone is a criminal, and they have been fired from several jobs before, or they are not able to work properly, then the manager of the business/company will probably judge them for that. As it is taught in the Bible; "Peter came to Jesus and asked about a man who had sinned against him: 'How often should I forgive him? Until seven times? But Jesus said to him, I say not until seven times: but, until seventy times seven,”
        The meaning of this is clear; not that you should forgive someone every time up until the 490th time, but you should always forgive someone, and you should always give someone a second chance.
        Maybe what we need to try in this world is giving someone another chance each time, no matter how annoyed you are with them.
        I hope these answer your questions, Kanupriya.
        If they don't please comment again and I will be happy to answer any more you have.
        ingenious_forest

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    2. Michael-Faraday-logo-250x250.jpg comfortable_chemistry | Michael Faraday School
      ingenious_forest's comment 26 Nov 2020

      Hi ingenious_forest! Thank you so much for your questions - they really got me thinking. My response to your last question "is it sometimes important that we judge people?" is yes, but it depends on your reasoning for why you think it is necessary to judge them in that moment (in your situation, to stay away from danger).
      With the scenario you gave, you said if you see someone looking shifty on the street and you judge them as a criminal, you would avoid them to keep yourself safe. But the thing is, we all have our different perceptions on what "shifty" is. What was that person doing to make them appear "shifty"? If they were clearly doing a crime or something that is morally wrong, then I agree you should avoid them to be safe.
      On the other hand, some people judge too quickly by someone's looks rather than their actions. I want to talk about racial profiling because it is a relevant topic to what we are discussing. Racial profiling is using race or ethnicity as grounds for suspecting someone of having committed an offence. I am referring to this because there have been instances in the news and media where people or police have wrongfully suspected people of going against the law, with their prejudice against a particular group being the only reasoning to why they "looked shifty/suspicious". This is one of the times where I think that judgement is wrong, because someone's colour of their skin or their looks shouldn't be a reflection of who they are. Yes, you can express yourselves through clothing etc, but you have to remember what you look like doesn't define you as a person.
      In conclusion, judging is justified only by someone's actions, but not by things they cannot change, like their appearance. I hope this answered your question!
      comfortable_chemistry

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  • Michael-Faraday-logo-250x250.jpg flowing_strategy | Michael Faraday School
    19 Nov 2020

    Great post comfortable_chemistry! I have one small question.
    Why do you think people are given different pay depending on their gender? Do you believe that they should be treated and given the same pay?

    Thanks for taking the time to read my short question.
    flowing_strategy

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  • Michael-Faraday-logo-250x250.jpg consistent_starfruit | Michael Faraday School
    24 Nov 2020

    Everyone is different. This may be facially or physically or academically. True some people may be different facially but that doesn't mean that they can not perform there tasks as efficiently as anyone else. We also have to take in mind that for their culture that may be normal and they think that we may be weird. The last and final thing I want to say is that we should not get held back by how we look and nothing is impossible with enough dedication and strength.

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  • Ditton Logo smart_grasshopper | Ditton Primary School C
    25 Nov 2020

    I agree everyone is different

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  • Michael-Faraday-logo-250x250.jpg comfortable_chemistry | Michael Faraday School
    25 Nov 2020

    Hi there BNC team, I accidentally submitted a post that was supposed to be drafted. I am asking for it to not be uploaded please, I was supposed to just save it for the competition submissions. I am sorry for the inconvenience
    comfortable_chemistry

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  • Hammond School logo interesting_spring | Hammond Junior School A
    26 Nov 2020

    I really injoyed reading this thank you

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  • Pinner logo humorous_queen | Pinner High School
    30 Nov 2020

    Hi! This was a very interesting topic to read about and I know that it raises a lot of questions. For the first one about why men and women have a pay gap even though that they can both work just as hard as each other, I believe that it because in the stone ages, men used to be the ones who used to go out and get the food, whilst the women stayed at the site they lived, and looked after their family because at the time men were the stronger beings. As the centuries past, this way of life must have been passed on through the generations so much that it is wired into the blood of the population. It is not the right thing, but this is how I believe it is. Only pretty recently have women started to speak up pointing out that they can do just as good as a job as the men, and because this way of living has been passed through so many generations, it will probably take quite a while before things can become equal, but they will and those will be better times.
    For the next question about your status and wealth, despite that this is truly unfair, I think that it does give some people a head start when applying to jobs or to get hired for big companies. As they are well known because of their family and the wealth that they have, their parents and family are likely to be friends with other big business owners, and in some cases, they may be able to have a good paying job with them, and they will be more likely able to receive more help if setting up a business of their own, rather than others who may not have all the resources they need, taking them longer. Even though that this class of people have many opportunities, they can only achieve if they harvest these opportunities in the right way and if they take their chances and are smart about handling different situations. This is quite unfair, but it definitely does not mean that others cannot make it big in other businesses or in different fields.
    The next question I feel is the most disappointing one to be real in the world. Many call this day and age the modern society and that we have never been more knowledgable or more advanced. However this society is apparently not advanced enough to know that the colour of someone's skin does not matter or that the appearance of somebody isn't necessary because it all comes down to the person's personality, opinions and how they treat others or react to them. At the end of the day we are all still people, we are all still living in the same place and we are all headed in the same direction whether we believe it or not. We should not have to hide our personality to be liked or accepted because sooner or later it is going to do such destruction on the mental wellbeing of many many people and society might not be able to cope.
    For the last question, it is not shocking to me that some don't get jobs because of discrimination and personal opinions because at the end of the day it is how they are and that sometimes you cannot change that. The only thing that you can do is work around it. The discrimination is in the mind set of everyone around you and it is about how they judge and view people. The only thing that you should know is that if you are the best version of yourself and they still discriminate you, then it is something which no one can change.
    I know that this is a long comment but if you read it, I hope that you like it!

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    1. Olivia-Avatar.jpg Olivia @ the BNC
      humorous_queen's comment 01 Dec 2020

      A brilliant comment that shows the Burnet News Club skills brilliantly - it's especially pleasing to see you talk though each problem, think about the reasons behind them and then share your own opinion. What do you think are the things most likely to help prevent these inequalities? And who is responsible for making sure they happen?

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  • Preston Manor School mirthful_rainforest | Preston Manor School
    01 Dec 2020

    Hi!this is mirthful_rainforest from Preston-manor.Now below is my opinion on why i think race and physical factors are significant factors to why some people are unemployed.

    Race:

    When I read this post I was unfortunately not surprise that people weren’t getting hire just because of their race/ethnicity.Although discrimination and racism Is still happening it isn’t as bad as it was back in the day.However that doesn’t mean it’s not happening anymore.I find it quite disappointing to find that one race/ethnicity is treated differently to another race/ethnicity.Race/ethnicity cannot be changed and is something you should be proud of and not dislike.So for people to stereotype race/ethnicity in different categories than to just treat them like any normal human is not only mean but if it happens more often then people will start to hold prejudice against them for no specific reason.In conclusion I think race/ethnicity has definitely had an impact on why some people don’t have jobs because of stereotypes and the media.As an example due to the media some of my black friends are seen as robbers or worse just because of how a stereotype goes around on how black people are robbers.Another example is how Muslims are seen as terrorist because of the 9/11.So due to all the stereotypes and the media I think that’s one main reason people don’t hire some due to their race/ethnicity.As to why this happens is like I said stereotypes and the media but there are probably other reasons as well.

    Thank you for reading my comment.This was a really great post comfortable_Chemistry.I hope you have a wonderful day and remember to stay safe!
    Also If you have any questions just reply to my comment and I’ll try to get back to your questions as soon as possible! :D






    Hi! This is mirthful_rainforest from Preston manor below is my opinion on what is the most significant reason on why

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  • Lyons Hall Primary School triumphant_tambourine | Lyons Hall Primary School C
    04 Dec 2020

    Hello comfortable_chemistry I have read your post and thought, why do people get paid less or can’t get a job for what they look like or a gender

    For example, a nurse : what gender would u usually think of a nurse ? If I’m going to be honest I would usually say a nurse was a women , but there can be men who work as nurses too ! And anyway , why does it matter if u get treated in hospital by a man or a woman , they’re both train as well as each other and half the time ur asleep so why does it matter ?

    Another example is a builder: what gender/appearance would u usually thing of a builder , if I’m going to be honest I (and many others) would usually think of a builder a rugged man but (again) why does it matter as long as your getting all the same things(/treatment) it doesn’t matter does it ?

    If u don’t agree please tell me as I will always listen

    Your sincerely, triumphant_tambourine :)

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    1. katie.jpg Katie @ the BNC
      triumphant_tambourine's comment 04 Dec 2020

      Interesting, triumphant_tambourine! Well done for thinking about your own thinking - I have given you a star for explaining how you have changed your mind. Why do you think stereotypes like this exist?

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  • Lyons Hall Primary School willing_cymbals | Lyons Hall Primary School C
    04 Dec 2020

    Mine was probably gender and race but it doesn’t really surprise me as this has been going on for years and years .

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  • Lyons Hall Primary School unparalleled_tambourine | Lyons Hall Primary School C
    08 Dec 2020

    Hi I have read your post and I am wondering why people get paid less or can’t get a job because of there gender or how they look.

    For example a builder what gender do they think for that. If I am honest with you I mainly think of a man taking over that job. Why does it matter though because there are some woman doing that job.

    Another example is a cleaner. I would mainly think of a cleaner as a woman. However I know that isn’t true as some men do that job.
    I think whatever gender you are you should be treated fairly and not being judged for your outside appearance.

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