Gender Biases in Recruitment& Selection

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GENDER BIASES IN RECURITEMENT AND SELECTION

SUBMITTED BY

SAROSH ANJUM (2007-1-72-8181)

TABLE OF CONTENTS

LETTER OF TRANSMITTAL1
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY2
PROBLEM STATEMENT3
INTRODUCTION3
DEFINITION OF GENDER BIASES3
WORKING WOMEN IN PAKISTAN3
GENDER BIASES IN PAKISTAN4
WOMEN IN JOB MARKET4
METHODOLOGY6
PURPOSE6
SAMPLE6
MEASURE6
STATISTICAL ANALYSIS7
PROCEDURE8
RESULTS8
CONCLUSION14
RECOMMENDATIONS15
REFERENCES17
APPENDIX18

LETTER OF TRANSMITTAL

December 18, 2008

Institute of Business Management
Karachi

Dear Ms. Javed

The attached report requested by Ms. Samra Javed to identify whether gender biases are occurring in recruitment and selection in Pakistan or not.

This report over views

➢ The factors behind gender biases in recruitment and selection. ➢ The benefits organizations are getting from this practice. ➢ This practice is lowering the morale of the males and is increasing the crime rate.

Primary research is consisted of the survey; the questionnaire is filled by the working class of different professions at different management levels. The secondary researches are the journals and writings available in internet (mentioned in the references).

We would be pleased to discuss the report at your request and we thank you for delegating this task to us.

Sincerely,
Sarosh Anjum

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

The purpose of this report is to investigate the percentage of the gender biases in the job market of Karachi during recruitment and selection through the survey, to draw conclusions, and to recommend solutions to this serious issue. This report also discuss the factors behind this, benefits the organizations are getting from practicing this, either doing this practice companies can achieve better results or not, effects on the males and how we can remove it. According to males females are not competitive that’s why the gender biases are occurring. Also females are good looking and can easily convince the customers (if the job is marketing based), they are happy in less salary, few fringe benefits and do not want job rotation are also some independent variables of this issue. The questionnaire is used for this research. These questionnaires are filled by the fifty-two (thirty-four females and eighteen males) employees of different organizations, professions and ranks. This study also contains some of the interesting opinions of these employees and their experiences regarding gender biases. For results percentages are calculated for each question. This study concludes that yes gender biases are occurring but it is associated with some professions not all. Merit based selection should be used to lessen gender biases in recruitment and selection.

PROBLEM STATEMENT

The purpose of this report is to investigate the percentage of the gender biases in the job market of Karachi through the survey, to draw conclusions, and to recommend solutions to this serious issue.

INTRODUCTION

Gender bias is a prejudicial stance towards males or females.

Definition of Gender Biases:

Gender is defined by the American Heritage Dictionary as "classification of sex." According to this same source, bias is defined as "preference or inclination that inhibits impartiality; prejudice" (American Heritage Dictionary 1983). Thus gender bias is separation of gender in a way which prefers one sex over the other.

“We all are involve in this practice sometimes intentionally and sometimes unintentionally”

Working women in Pakistan:

Pakistan is an Islamic country. It is also a male dominating society. According to Islam supporting the family and providing them with the basic needs of life lies on the shoulder of the men of the family. Gender bias is reinforced throughout adulthood as men retain economic and political power. In Pakistan there is social environment that never allows Pakistani women to come out and face the society...
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