Hurdles in Employment

Zack Adesina and Oana Marocico  report in BBC Inside Out, ‘A job seeker with an English-sounding name was offered three times the number of interviews than an applicant with a Muslim name, a BBC test found. Inside Out London sent CVs from two candidates, “Adam” and “Mohamed”, who had identical skills and experience, in response to 100 job opportunities. Adam was offered 12 interviews, while Mohamed was offered four.

Although the results were based on a small sample size, they tally with the findings of previous academic studies. These have found British Muslims are less proportionately represented in managerial and professional occupations than any other religious group . . .

Prof Tariq Modood from the University of Bristol analysed the BBC’s findings. He said: “What we’ve identified very clearly is that the Muslim-sounding person’s CV is only likely to get an interview in one out of three cases. “I thought the response rate would be less than 50 per cent [for the Muslim-sounding name] so it’s worse than I thought, especially in a city like London. “It’s so diverse, people coming in and out of the city, from different parts of the world, looking for work, a city very hungry for talent. Yes, it’s worse than I thought.”

. . . Prof Modood recalled how he was asked to use a different name at work when he was younger. “I had a student job where the employer looked at my name and said ‘Oh, that won’t do, introduce yourself as Terry Miles’ or something like that. I was very unhappy to do so. “I wouldn’t willingly change my name, and I’ve given my daughters Pakistani or Muslim names, even when I thought: ‘Might this hurt their chances when they look for work?'” click here.