Opinion on discrimination in job search in Italy 2019

In a survey of 2019, 39 percent of respondents in Italy believed that the candidate's age was a discrimination factor when searching for a job. More specifically, interviewees indicated the aspect of age as a disadvantage when a company had the choice between two candidates with equal skills and qualifications. Subsequently, the candidate's look, such as the manners of dress or the presentation, was the second most widespread discrimination type according to 37 percent of respondents. Furthermore, the third most common discrimination in job search in Italy was related to being Roma. In particular, 36 percent of respondents thought that belonging to this ethnic minority was a disadvantage for candidates.

In Italy when a company wants to hire someone and has the choice between two candidates with equal skills and qualifications, which of the following criteria may, in your opinion, put one candidate at a disadvantage?

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Release date

September 2019



Survey time period

May 9-18, 2019

Number of respondents

1,023 respondents

Age group

15 years and older

Method of interview

Face-to-face interview, online survey

Supplementary notes

Multiple answers were possible.

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