Discrimination Experience In Recruitment

Indicator Description

  • A. Definition

    Experience of discrimination based on social status during the employment process for job seekers

  • B. How to measure

    The number and the ratio of responses for “experienced/did not experienced” to the question, “Did you feel discrimination based on social status during the recruitment process?”
    * Markers of social status were chosen subjectively from: 1) Employment type (regular / irregular) 2. Property status (home ownership, residence type, etc.) 3. Family status 4. Family type (eg, bilateral, divorce, single mothers)

  • 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 Economic Status Subjective/Result National Human Rights Commission of Korea Survey on the Discrimination Practices of Corporate Recruitment Process 2011 Irregular
  • D. Interpretation

    In our society, the term ‘social status’ is a very broad and abstract concept and encompasses various meanings. In general, social status is understood as continuous or relative status in society, and is interpreted to include both inherited and acquired status. The fact that job seekers feel discrimination based on their social status can be seen as an infringement of their rights to equality. According to the given graph, about 37% of the respondents said that they had experienced discrimination based on their social status. Interestingly, when comparing responses by gender, more men than women responded that they had experienced discrimination due to their social status. This is different from other indicators which show that women are usually more discriminated against. Hence, there is a need to think about the causes and solutions to these peculiarities at both national and social levels.

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