Anonymous job applications scrapped

Nijmegen council is to stop its trial with anonymous job applications for local civil service jobs, reports ANP news service on Thursday.

The council had hoped the experiment would make it easier for people from ethnic minorities to get a job but the results are inconclusive, a spokesman told ANP.
The experiment was an initiative by Guusje ter Horst in August 2006 when she was the city’s mayor.
In June last year Ter Horst, who is now home affairs minister, called for the introduction of anonymous application for national civil service jobs. The measure was rejected by a large parliamentary majority.
A TNS Nipo poll at the time concluded that almost 80% of job-seekers felt that anonymous job applications would boost their chances of finding work.

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