The Inequalities in Employment Industry

The public has a general understanding that recruitment agencies are promoting individuals’ abilities, background, education and employment experience to the employers, yet, do you ever realise there might be some hidden stuff or what we call as inequalities that happened among the industry? Although human beings are often opposed to the actions of inequality and discrimination, somehow the industry is still practicing it inadvertently and it might be common in the market. Let’s learn more about the issues as well as the implementation that had been working out by both of the government and private sectors in contributing to a better employment industry.

  1. Potential Discrimination Occurs In Job Portals

Job portal is a good platform to allow the employment industry to narrow the gaps of unemployment in a nation. The employees are allowed to present themselves by filling in their personal particulars or to upload their customized resume/curriculum vitae, while the employers could hunt the talents in the big data pool within the portals after paying a sump amount in purchasing the recruitment packages. It is common for the recruitment agencies to have multiple job portals engagements to access the manpower resources online. Some of the employers tend to go for the easy way by stating their own opinion, specifically in gender and age when advertising the job description on the job portals, where this has lead to the potential discrimination among the employment market. However, in the market, some of the job advertising companies have restricted the employers from posting the job advertisement that need specific requirements in terms of race, age or gender in order to protect the equality of opportunities for all the applicants. In addition, the effort and implementation of the government in a nation will also play an important role in maintaining the employment rights. As an example, our neighbour country – Singapore has been practicing fair treatment in employment industry by restricting employers from discriminating candidates in job positions and reward employees fairly based on their ability, performance, contribution and experience.

  1. Gender Inequality Still Exist in the Workplace

According to a survey of over 11,500 people globally from recruiting experts Hays, of the respondents in Malaysia, there is a statistic that shows 58% of people said their organisation do not have an appropriate gender diversity policy and practices in workplace where females are seldom being consider in promotion activities in some organisation and most people in senior leadership roles are still men. Whereby some organisations might think that hiring female workers are not resourceful as they might slow down the work schedule or operation in their organisation. The implementation of EPF Scheme for housewives, where registration effectively started by 15th August 2018 is a big initiative that has been done by our new government in acknowledge the contribution and sacrifices of housewives in fostering their children that somehow in future could contribute to our government, community and nation.

  1. Racial discrimination in hiring fresh graduates

Suraya Zainudin from Vulcanpost recently conducted a research on the possibilities of fresh graduates being hired from ethnicity of Malay and Chinese. Results shows that applicants who have proficiency in Chinese will get higher call back rates from employers compared to Malay graduates from private universities. Malays are less likely to take jobs offered and possessed higher opportunities into public sectors or having high turnover rate. Somehow the companies should try to diversify their workplace by hiring multi-ethnicity of employees as it may increase their profitability.

  1. Perception on Disabled People Still Remain Unchanged

When we talk about the topic of inequality, the group of disabled people will often be in a weak position when they are looking for jobs as they will be sensitive on criticism. The Perak Health, Consumer Affairs, Civil Community, National Integration and Human Resources Committee Chairman A. Sivanesan said that laws of anti-discrimination should be created for disabled person so that equal chances are given to them to have job opportunities in both private and public sector. Even when they are hired and their employers do not mind their disabilities, their work performance will still be questioned or dissatisfied by their employers. This will lead to disabled people to discouragement in looking for jobs and not meeting the objectives of 1% of the disabled community being employed as Mohammed Nazari Othman said, the President of Society of the Blind Malaysia. Disabilities group of people have been concerned by few businesses like Starbucks, KFC, Giant and Uniqlo where they have been setting up stores for disabled group to secure their employment which includes deaf, speech-impaired and hearing-impaired staff.

In a nutshell, both businesses and the government have taken their initiatives regarding to this matter and it is heartening for the public as all these businesses not only consider their own profitability but also their contribution towards the community. The inequalities treatment could be prevented among the business world or workplace with the positive mind-set we behave socially, in developing the equal chances to everyone.


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