Racism against Indians in Oz IT jobs can ‘make skin crawl’: survey

The survey reveals nearly three-quarters of workers in finance and IT sectors feel racism exists.

Written by Agencies | Canberra | Published: January 23, 2012 12:29:56 pm

Workers from India,Sri Lanka,Bangladesh,Pakistan and China in Australia’s IT and finance sectors are more likely to suffer racism,a survey has revealed.

The survey by Balance Recruitment,covering 895 workers,revealed that nearly three-quarters of finance and information technology workers said that racism exists in Australian hiring practices,with 30 per cent having first-hand experience of it.

Those who felt racism was a major issue came from backgrounds including Anglo-Saxon,African and Asian,News.com.au reports.

According to the survey,eight per cent of respondents said they believed ethnic stereotyping was warranted.

Balance’s joint managing director Paul Foster said that ‘the issue of racism in hiring practices is significant,though the vast majority of clients do not discriminate on racial grounds.’

”I’m aware of many examples,directly and anecdotally,in the IT/finance industry over a lengthy period of time. Some of the stories actually make your skin crawl,” Foster added.

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