Published: 5 August 2014 at 15:23
Anglia Ruskin research shows homosexuals are 40% less likely to get job interview
A new study shows that openly gay job applicants are approximately 40% less likely to be offered a job interview compared to those who do not disclose their sexuality.
The research, by Dr Nick Drydakis of Anglia Ruskin University, is published in the latest edition of the International Journal of Manpower.
Four fake job applications, two for each sex, were submitted in response to positions that were advertised on six online job sites in Cyprus. The job vacancies covered a range of work environments – offices, industry, cafes, restaurants and shops – and a total of 9,062 applications were sent out.
The covering letters and CVs contained almost identical qualifications and levels of experience, and were for 30-year-old Cypriot nationals, male and female, who were unmarried. The only difference was in the “interests” section, where one fictitious applicant had been a volunteer for an environmental charity while the other had been a member-volunteer in the Cypriot Homosexual Association.
Dr Drydakis’ survey found that the probability of gay male applicants receiving an invitation for a job interview was 39.0% lower than that for heterosexual male applicants. The situation was even more pronounced for the lesbian applicants, who were 42.7% less likely to receive an interview offer compared to heterosexual female applicants.
Lesbian applicants were invited for interviews by companies paying salaries that were 5.8% lower, on average, than those paid by firms that invited the heterosexual female applicants for interviews, and this pay gap increased to 9.2% for gay male applicants compared to heterosexual males.
Dr Drydakis, Senior Lecturer in Economics at Anglia Ruskin University, said: