05 January 2010
Anonymous CVs 'may help reduce race discrimination'
People with African or Asian surnames may benefit if CVs were made anonymous, it has been claimed.
According to race advisors and equality campaigners, the government should implement new rules under which job applicants do not have to reveal their names, the Guardian reports.
The Labour administration's ethnic minority taskforce is due to report on research commissioned by the Department for Work and Pensions, which revealed that there is widespread race discrimination against these groups.
Ashok Viswanathan, the deputy co-ordinator of Operation Black Vote - which was established in 1996 and focusses on what it describes as the Black democratic deficit in the UK - spoke out in favour of the move.
He said: "Anything that makes selection proportionate to people's skills, rather than their ethnicity would be a move forward."
Meanwhile, Jeremy Crook, the vice-chair of the Ethnic Minority Advisory Group and the Black Training and Enterprise Group, also said such a policy would represent progress.