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 (15)

  • 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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      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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  • 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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