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Swimming Against the Tide: Literacy Dificulties and the Labour Market

Education + Training

ISSN: 0040-0912

Article publication date: 1 February 1992

Abstract

Reports research on the vacancy‐filling process among UK employers for less skilled jobs, and identifies where and how people with literacy shortcomings lose out – based on a survey of 2,000 UK employers, and interviews with 30. Concludes that overt discrimination in hiring is uncommon. While some unskilled jobs do have a high literacy requirement, recruiters mostly tend to overestimate this requirement in selection, particularly if market conditions permit a wide choice of applicants.

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Atkinson, J. (1992), "Swimming Against the Tide: Literacy Dificulties and the Labour Market", Education + Training, Vol. 34 No. 2. https://doi.org/10.1108/00400919210010788

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MCB UP Ltd

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