Merit should be the only basis for recruitment

The issue of positive discrimination is always a hot potato (Personnel Today, 7 February). There appears to be an increasing trend where white men are being deselected from recruitment processes or from succession planning because organisations are trying to enforce a balanced workforce policy.

Any organisation, let alone the police force, must select on merit alone.

I experienced age discrimination with a former employer and was deselected for a role because I did not fit the ethnic/gender balance policy.

Why not make selection a blind process by having all references to name, gender, age, religion and ethnic background removed from CVs to make recruitment as fair as possible?

Graeme Blundell
IT programme manager,
University College for the Creative Arts


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