Civil service to start "name blind" recruitment of graduates in latest diversity push

Written by Civil Service World on 26 October 2015 in News

Civil service chief executive John Manzoni says move will help Whitehall become "more talented, diverse and effective"

The civil service is to introduce "name-blind" recruitment for all roles below senior level, as part of a wider push by ministers to combat discrimination.

During his Conservative party conference speech, prime minister David Cameron pointed to research suggesting that job applicants with "white-sounding names" were "nearly twice as likely to get call backs for jobs than people with ethnic-sounding names" even if they had the same qualifications.

In a bid to address the problem, Cameron has invited civil service chief executive John Manzoni – as well as representatives from the BBC, NHS and private sector – to sign a pledge promising to ensure their organisations recruit on a "name blind" basis when hiring graduates. The practice will not extend to Senior Civil Service roles, however.

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The agreement – signed at a Downing Street roundtable on Monday – means that the names of graduate applicants to the civil service, BBC, NHS, local government, HSBC, Deloitte, Virgin Money and KPMG will not be visible to employers. The practice has already been adopted by Teach First in its recruitment of new teachers.

Manzoni said: "I’m delighted to expand the civil service’s use of name-blind applications – not just for all graduate and apprenticeship level roles, but for many other external applications too.

"It’s vital that the civil service takes a lead on this, and I’m confident that this important step will help us build an organisation that is even more talented, diverse and effective than it is today."

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Anonymous (not verified)

Submitted on 30 November, 2015 - 14:36
To me the real problem is internal promotions. Iam an AO in the civil service and it depresses me when I look at the weekly opportunities for E02. To often are recruitment opportunities Taylor made for Joe blogs in there own department. The eligibility criteria always state redicilous requirements that could only be obtain had you worked in that department. It's a friends circle of promotion that the name blind recruitment has no effect on.


Submitted on 1 July, 2016 - 11:08
And the competency-based system of recruiting depresses - and angers - me too.

Jim (not verified)

Submitted on 14 December, 2015 - 07:24
Perhaps they should hire someone to explain to them the difference between correlation and causation.


Submitted on 1 July, 2016 - 11:07
The competency-based system of recruiting should also be scrapped, as it making it VERY difficult for job applicants to get back in. It is especially annoying and frustrating for me, as I worked in many departments of the Civil Service, both as an AA and AO, and yet am being knocked back repeatedly simply because of these competency questions. It should go by your experience and qualifications, NOT by if you can talk the talk in a 250-word comptency question. Ridiculous.

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