Firms sign up to anonymous CV

Published on Tuesday, 17 January 2012 11:53
Posted by Scott Buckler

More than 100 major firms have signed up to a government initiative that proposes asking for CVs without names or school details on them

It is hoped that the scheme will put an end to discrimination during the application process and therefore boost career development opportunities.Organisations such as Tesco, Barclays and Coca-Cola have already joined the government's latest initiative, known as Business Compact.

Other elements include ensuring people from all backgrounds and schools are aware of work experience opportunities, instead of offering places to "informal contacts".

The compact scheme was unveiled by deputy prime minister Nick Clegg and forms part of his social mobility strategy, which aims to create a "what you know, not who you know" recruitment culture.

He said: "By opening their doors to young people from all walks of life, this marks the start of a culture shift among major employers, driven by the belief that ability and drive should trump connections and privilege."

The move has been backed by a number of employment organisations, with Jeya Thiruchelvam, employment law editor at XpertHR, saying that the anonymous CV plans were "a step in the right direction".


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