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I appreciate that most people hire from within their comfort zone. And I defend it – many companies with a certain ethos would not benefit from someone with a very different background, culture, or even language. It is hard enough to communicate clearly as it is!
So this survey made me wonder: is this, too, totally OK?
When asked about Jewish participation in their industry, 23% say it’s their belief that their industry should have fewer Jewish employees.
We collected data on what industry survey respondents work in. When further evaluating industries that had at least 25 respondents, there appears to be more prejudice in certain sectors, including business, construction, education, entertainment, finance, and technology.
More specifically, compared to 26% of hiring managers across all sectors, 40% of hiring managers in entertainment say they are less likely to move forward with Jewish candidates, as do 37% of hiring managers in business and 37% in finance.
Additionally, 38% of hiring managers in finance, 34% in technology, and 31% in business say they believe their industry should have fewer Jews. This is compared to 23% of overall managers.
1 in 6 have been told to not hire Jewish applicants by leadership
Seventeen percent of hiring managers say they have been told to not hire Jewish applicants by company leadership. This is true of more hiring managers in education (30%), entertainment (28%), and business (26%).
One-third say antisemitism is common in their workplace
Furthermore, 33% of hiring managers say antisemitism is ‘very common’ (14%) or ‘common’ (19%) in their workplace, while 29% say antisemitism is ‘very acceptable’ (17%) or ‘somewhat acceptable’ (12%) at their company.
Additionally, 48% of hiring managers in both education and entertainment say antisemitism is common, while a staggering 45% of hiring managers in business say antisemitism is acceptable in their workplace.
Hiring managers who have a less favorable opinion of Jews are far more likely to discriminate against Jews in the hiring process. Of those with a diminished opinion of Jews, 62% say they are less likely to move forward with Jewish applicants, and 78% believe their industry should have fewer Jewish employees. Furthermore, within this group, 72% say antisemitism is common and 70% say antisemitism is acceptable in their workplace.
All data found within this report derives from a survey commissioned by ResumeBuilder.com and conducted online by survey platform Pollfish. In total, 1,131 hiring managers and recruiters were surveyed.
Appropriate respondents were found via employment status demographic criteria and a screening question. To take the survey respondents had to be employed and work as a hiring manager or recruiter.
These are pretty big numbers. I am quite sure that nobody would have given those same answers if they were asked about black applicants – perhaps for a variety of reasons.
My biggest takeaway is that it is now more socially acceptable to be openly anti-Jewish than at anytime since the 1960s. Which is probably not a great development.Published in