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Europe — Anonymous CV not very successful

21 January 2010

The French Upper House of Parliament (Senat) has commissioned a report on the use of anonymous CVs across the countries of the European Union, Le Figaro reports.

The aim of the anonymous CV is to prevent all forms of discrimination in the recruitment process.

Belgium is the only country which has made the anonymous CV obligatory. The regulation came in in 2005 but only applies to the public sector.

The other countries of the EU fall into two categories: those which have experimented with the anonymous CV and those which have done nothing about it like Germany and Spain.

Sweden has carried out a test project on the anonymous CV in Gothenberg between 2004 and 2006, which found the anonymous CV to be an inefficient way of recruiting.

The Netherlands have left the choice of using anonymous CVs to employers. France and the UK are running test projects but first results in France show already that the anonymous CV has proved itself to be not very efficient in the battle against discrimination and prejudices.



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