HR · 25 September 2018

Most UK workers believe being “good-looking” improves chances of promotion

Almost eight in ten professionals believe the way you look can affect your chances of landing a job

Do employers really take physical appearance into account when recruiting? A new study has revealed that most British workers believe being good-looking improves your chances of promotion.

The latest research from jobs board CV-Library discovered that 70.4% of Brits believe that the way you look can affect your career prospects, with a huge 81.9% declaring that employers discriminate against individuals based on their appearance.

Other findings from the study, which looked at the topic of physical appearance and career prospects, revealed that 78.9% of professionals believe the way you look can affect your chances of landing a job, with over a half thinking it can impact on the way your co-workers see you.

Again, just over half – 56.7% – believe that it can impact people’s confidence with a third sure it can affect your chances of promotion.

Opinions over your appearance can also, the study added, affect how much your boss likes you, your negotiating power and even your salary.

“With continued focus on discrimination in the workplace, our findings could be cause for concern for UK businesses,” said Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of CV-Library.

“No one should ever be made to feel that they can’t advance in their career because of their physical appearance and this is an issue that needs to be addressed.”

“The industry is working hard to remove unconscious bias from the hiring process, through the implementation of new recruitment technologies. Organisations should make a conscious effort to hire individuals that are the best fit for the job and eliminate discrimination entirely. But if you do feel like you’ve been discriminated against for your appearance in an interview or at work, you must report it.”

When asked what they believed should be done to combat this issue, 44.7% of professionals said that more than one recruiter should be involved in the hiring process, while 22.4% believed that telephone interviews should take place initially. In addition, 18.3% suggested blind hiring, while 14.7% said recruiters shouldn’t be allowed to ‘Google’ potential employees.

However, on a more positive note 75.8% of workers said that they wouldn’t alter their appearance to land a job.

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