Wednesday, 1 August 2012

Swedish employers discriminate almost everybody

Looking for a job in Sweden? Make sure not to be obese, old (55+), of Non-European descent, Muslim, Jewish, have called in sick five times in a year or have many children.  If you are, or have, you will most likely be discriminated.

A recent study from IFAU (Institute for Evaluation of Labor Market and Education Policy), at the University of Uppsala, suggest that it is much harder for people with the above mentioned characteristics to get a job.

To be obese, or to have been ill, reduces a person chance to get employed with 80 percent. Being old reduces your chances with 64 percent and being a Muslim, a  Jew or a parent to many children reduces one's chances with 25 percent.

On the other hand, the study suggests that being female doesn't hamper one's  opportunities for work.

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