Ethnic and gender differences in the labour market perceptions of post-higher education job-seekers: 'double jeopardy' or 'ethnic prominence'?

Taylor, Susan D., Charlton, John P. and Ranyard, Rob (2012) Ethnic and gender differences in the labour market perceptions of post-higher education job-seekers: 'double jeopardy' or 'ethnic prominence'? Journal of occupational and organizational psychology, 85 (2). pp. 353-369. ISSN 0963-1798

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Ethnic and gender differences in perceptions of graduate job acquisition difficulty among UK post-higher education job-seekers were investigated. Two main hypotheses were compared: the double jeopardy hypothesis (DJH), suggesting an additive or interactive increase in perceived difficulty associated with membership of different disadvantaged demographic categories; and the ethnic prominence hypothesis, arguing for the salience of ethnicity over gender in perceptions. Graduates and final year students (N = 800) from Black, Indian, Pakistani/Bangladeshi and White ethnic backgrounds rated the level of difficulty that a suitably qualified man and woman from their own ethnic background would encounter in attaining ten graduate jobs. Interactions between participant ethnic background and gender of job-seeker rated were examined in the context of the competing hypotheses. The perceptions of men, and Indian and Pakistani/Bangladeshi women, were consistent with the additive DJH, whereas Black women's perceptions were not. It is concluded that: (1) the perceptions of the latter group may reflect knowledge of Black male disadvantage, or negative stereotyping with respect to employment in the UK graduate labour market; and (2) perceptions of double jeopardy by some female graduates may have negative effects on their job-seeking endeavours.

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Additional Information: The definitive version of this article is available at This article builds the project funded by the European Social Fund 'Perceived discrimination and its effect upon post-higher education job-seeking behaviour'. Futher details are available at Content from the report was presented at IAREP/SABE conference, Paris, July 2006
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculty of Professional Studies > School of Education and Psychology > Psychology
Depositing User: Scott Wilson
Date Deposited: 26 Nov 2013 12:52
Last Modified: 07 Jan 2014 09:35
Identification Number: 10.1111/j.2044-8325.2011.02041.x

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