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DPM&C study finds public servants more likely to hire women

Source: The Canberra Times

  • Researchers found that public servants engaged in positive (not negative) discrimination towards female and minority candidates.
  • Participants were 2.9% more likely to shortlist female candidates and 3.2% less likely to shortlist male applicants. Minority males were 5.8% more likely to be shortlisted and minority females were 8.6% more likely to be shortlisted.
  • Introducing de-identification of applications may have the consequence of decreasing the number of female and minority candidates shortlisted for senior positions.