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GEMM research in Algemeen Dagblad

Germans are favoured, compared to Dutch when applying for jobs in The Netherlands. Also in other countries, the “own people” are not often preferred for employment, so new research shows with 11,000 applications in five European countries. The researchers sent 11,000 fictional applications on real vacancies in the Netherlands, Germany, Norway, Spain and England last summer. In addition to the name and country of origin, the fictional candidates did not differ.

The researchers responded to jobs for IT specialists, chefs, sales staff, accountants, sales staff and counter staff. The so-called job candidates were based in 52 different countries, including their homeland. The researchers wanted to find out how the origin affected the opportunity to be contacted by the company.

For the research, Bram Lancee, associate professor of the University of Amsterdam, collaborated with researchers from Madrid and Berlin.


Full text (in Dutch)available here

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