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Equal Opportunities in Recruitment: The Job Search Experiences of Unemployed Female and Male Managers

Sandra L. Fielden (Senior Research Fellow in Organisational Psychology at Manchester School of Management, University of Manchester Science and Technology, P.O. Box 88, Manchester M60 1QD, UK)
Marilyn J. Davidson (Senior Lecturer in Organisational Psychology at Manchester School of Management, University of Manchester Science and Technology, P.O. Box 88, Manchester M60 1QD, UK)

Equal Opportunities International

ISSN: 0261-0159

Article publication date: 1 June 1997

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Abstract

Employers in the UK are under a legal obligation to ensure that their recruitment procedures conform with the Sex Discrimination Act (1975), which states that employers must not discriminate or indicate any hidden intention to discriminate against a potential employee on the grounds of their sex. Yet the very fact that many jobs are still viewed as ‘male’ or ‘female’ is often sufficient to prevent the non‐dominant gender group from applying for those positions (Ray, 1990). Managerial jobs have traditionally been male dominated and organisations are under a legal obligation to ensure that their recruitment procedures do not indicate any intention to discriminate, either overtly or covertly. Therefore, organisations need not only to demonstrate that they have no intention to discriminate, especially in traditionally male dominated occupations such as management, but they also need to ensure that their intention not to discriminate is clearly and explicitly communicated to potential job applicants (Ray, 1990). The aim of this article is to address the similarities and differences between the job search experiences of unemployed female and male managers, and to present the research findings from an in‐depth study of unemployed British managers.

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Fielden, S.L. and Davidson, M.J. (1997), "Equal Opportunities in Recruitment: The Job Search Experiences of Unemployed Female and Male Managers", Equal Opportunities International, Vol. 16 No. 6/7, pp. 50-59. https://doi.org/10.1108/eb010699

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