Education Discrimination In Recruitment

Indicator Description

  • A. Definition

    The stage of the recruitment process when the job seekers feel they have been discriminated against based on education level

  • B. How to measure

    The most selected step in the recruitment stage reported by job seekers in which they felt the most discrimination based on education level. The step was selected as a response when asked a question ” In which stage of the recruitment process did you feel the most discrimination?”

  • 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 Education Level, Academic Background Subjective/Result National Human Rights Commission of Korea Survey on the Discrimination Practices of Corporate Recruitment Process 2011 Irregular
  • D. Interpretation

    Education level or academic background is one of the biggest factors of discrimination during the recruitment process. In fact, it is not uncommon in our society that people from certain schools have a strong economic and political position. This is because an individual is perceived and assessed by his/her academic background and academic ability rather than being evaluated for their ability or qualification. Looking at the indicators, it can be seen that the lower the education level, the more discrimination is felt during the recruitment process. In addition, respondents below professional college graduate level were found to have experienced the most job discrimination at the interview stage, while respondents who graduated from university (or higher) responded that they had experienced discrimination at the document screening stage. This may be the result of the type of job that they can apply for, which depends on the educational background. One who attained education under professional college can feel discrimination due to a low education; this is in contrast to auniversity graduate who feels discrimination based on his/her own school level. Such inequalities and discrimination are factors that impede the development of human rights. Furthermore, in order to create an equal society in which ability is given priority over academic ability, academic preferential treatment must be abolished. Henceforth, efforts should be made to eliminate the factors presented in the index.

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