Gender Discrimination During Recruitment Process

Indicator Description

  • A. Definition

    Experience of gender discrimination during the recruitment process and particular steps during which respondents felt the most discriminatory

  • B. How to measure

    The number and percentage of respondents who answered “Yes / No” + the number and percentage of responses to specific steps in your job search activity (whether the respondent answered “Yes” to the question “Did you feel discriminated based on your gender during the recruitment process?”)

  • C. Features and Sources

    Category Sub-Category Sub-Subcategory Type of Indicator Reference Data Sources First year data available Periodicity
    Rights to Equality Discrimination Factors Gender Subjective/Result National Human Rights Commission of Korea Survey on the Discrimination Practices of Corporate Recruitment Process 2011 Irregular
  • D. Interpretation

    Gender is one of the most important discriminating factors in job market. Although gender discrimination – such as gender-based eligibility or gender segregation – may have disappeared ostensibly, the actual rate of female employment is very low, and there are still very few companies that are aware of the severity of this problem. In other words, gender discrimination needs to be mitigated in terms of equality of opportunity. According to indicators, women experience more discrimination than men overall. 73.4% of women reported gender discrimination during recruitment process, whereas 67.1% of men reported having experienced gender discrimination. In terms of stages, male respondents said they were the most discriminated by gender in the document screening stage, while women reported that they had experienced greatest discrimination at the interview stage. It is necessary to investigate what causes underpin these differences in the results, and it is also necessary to strengthen active employment improvement measures to improve discriminatory outcomes.

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