6 departments will take part in pilot project to eliminate employment ‘unconscious bias’

By Kathleen Harris, CBC News Posted: Apr 20, 2017 12:05 PM ET Last Updated: Apr 20, 2017 1:38 PM ET

(The article is from CBC news : http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/public-service-blind-recruitment-1.4077456 )

 

The federal government is testing a name-blind recruitment process in an attempt to knock down barriers for job-seekers from diverse ethnic backgrounds.

Treasury Board President Scott Brison said the pilot project will make the hiring process more fair and inclusive, and lead to a more diverse and strengthened federal public service.

“This will benefit Canadians for generations to come,” he said after making the announcement in Toronto at the Ryerson University Student Learning Centre.

The pilot program will involve six of the government’s biggest departments: National Defence; Global Affairs Canada; Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada; Public Services and Procurement Canada; Environment and Climate Change Canada; and the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat.

The project, which will hide applicants’ names from hiring managers during the initial screening process, will compare the results with outcomes from traditional applicant shortlisting. Brison said research has shown that English-speaking employers are 40 per cent more likely to pick candidates with an English or anglicized name than an ethnic one.

Brison said the initiative is part of the government’s approach to promote gender and ethnic equality.

“We have made diversity and inclusion touchstones for our government,” he said.

A government news release said the name-blind technique is already practised in a number of European organizations, including the British Civil Service, to avoid “unconscious bias” in the hiring process.

Pilot could be expanded

Brison said results from the pilot project will be ready in October, and that the process could be expanded to other government departments and agencies.

“In a country as richly diverse as ours, name-blind recruitment is not simply a progressive affectation, it’s about a clear-eyed, hard-headed effort to get the best out of our population and to recruit individuals to public service that can benefit all Canadians,” he said.

Citizenship, Refugees and Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen, who first pitched the idea, said he hopes this initial pilot will encourage other governments and the private sector to follow with similar practices.

Treasury Board President Scott Brison announced a pilot project for a name-blind recruitment process for the federal public service during a news conference in Toronto today. (CBC)

 

Click here to see the press release from Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat:

What’s in a name? Name-blind recruitment comes to the Government of Canada

联邦国防部、移民部和公共服务等6个最大的政府部门招聘新人时将采取新的匿名方式,令少数族裔申请人能够顺利通过第一关。渥太华将在今年10月对这项试验计划进行总结,然后逐步推行至所有政府机构。

4月20日,加拿大联邦政府在Ryerson University举行记者会。联邦财政委员会主席布里森(Scott Brison)在会上宣布“姓名代表什么”(What’s in a Name)计划时表示,“匿名招聘”(Name-Blind Recruitment)是为了避免在招聘过程中对少数族裔申请人的不自觉的偏见,令有才能的人能够投身公共服务,公务员队伍也可以充分反映出加拿大的多元文化和更有效率。这项措施并非简单的包容,而是要令加拿大和全世界更安全。

匿名招聘试点方案将涉及加拿大政府最大的六个部门:国防部(National Defence)、全球事务部(Global Affairs Canada)、移民、难民和公民部(Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada)、公共服务及采购部(Public Services and Procurement Canada)、环境与气候变化部(Environment and Climate Change Canada)以及财务委员会秘书处(Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat)。

这六个部门招聘员工时,管理人员将看不到申请人的姓名。这个方法将和传统的实名申请招聘方法进行比较,然后在今年10月提交总结报告。

布里森说,这一倡议是政府促进两性公平和种族平等的一部分。他说:“一个人的姓名不能成为他受聘的阻碍。我非常欢迎这个新的项目,能给我们自我反省以及寻找新的更好的招聘方法的机会,招来最有才干的公务员,服务所有加拿大人。这是政府多样性和包容性的试金石。”这项试点项目还可能扩大到其它政府部门和机构。

联邦移民部长Ahmed Hussen出席记者会时表示,他去年向国会建议政府实行匿名招聘。他很高兴看到政府部门采纳了他的意见,以减少招聘过程中的偏见。

政府表示,许多欧洲组织,包括英国公务员部门已经实行了匿名应聘法,以避免招聘过程中“意识不到的偏见”。

Treasury Board President Scott Brison announced a pilot project for a name-blind recruitment process for the federal public service during a news conference in Toronto today. (CBC)

官方英文新闻稿请点击: What’s in a name? Name-blind recruitment comes to the Government of Canada

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