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Gender Bias Revealed in Staffing Companies

Magazine article HRMagazine

Gender Bias Revealed in Staffing Companies

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Staffing companies tend to recommend candidates to their clients based on gender stereotypes, eliminating many women from the running before they get to the interview stage, according to a study by researchers at London Business School and Henley Business School at the University of Reading.

"When staffing firms are involved in a hiring process, women are more likely to be shortlisted for lower-paid projects and less likely to be shortlisted for higher-paid projects," says Isabel Fernandez-Mateo, associate professor at London Business School.

Once they make the staffing agency cut, however, women and men have the same chance of getting hired for higherpaying jobs, she says.

The researchers studied nine years' worth of hiring data for temporary positions involving 23,355 job candidates vying for 6,705 jobs for 2,331 clients. The researchers had special access to pre-hire data on the pool of candidates competing for each position. Typically, researchers use post-hire data to make inferences about how women end up in certain jobs. …

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