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Attractive candidates 'get lucky with jobs'

Published: Monday, 17 March 2008   Category: Life after graduation

New research has discovered that nine out of ten bosses admit giving a vacancy to the most attractive candidate.

The study was undertaken by employment law firm Peninsula, and questioned some 2,226 employers across the UK throughout February.

It revealed that a high proportion of employers have at some stage given a position to an applicant based on their looks rather than their skills and experience.

Around 88 per cent of respondents said they had given preference to someone who was attractive rather than skilled and experienced, with 92 per cent stating that appearance be a factor in their decision.

Commenting on the findings, David Price, head of diversity for Peninsula, said: "I was surprised at the number of people who have based an employment decision on looks and it's turning into a new form of modern discrimination. Using such a strategy is not without legal risk."

He added that there is a "real danger" of discriminating on the basis of age and sex without meaning to, which could result in "costly litigation".

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