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.
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?
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?
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.
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.
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
- 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?