Although this is my first comment and will no doubt be judged on it I feel compelled to express my opinion on this.
As someone born and raised in the UK who is from a Ethnic Minority, I can't say I've ever had this 'problem'.
I'd like to see a article about the hidden racism that exist in IT towards certain Ethnic groups.
Before anyone attempt some advice you should know that I'm highly experienced and qualified.
However a recent interview this week had fankly made me consider if I'd be better served going to America where they seem to have a far more progressive non racial approach.
I attended a interview after they had pursued me for a month, which naturally made me think they were really serious.
My name doesn't sound Ethnic, so they would have had no idea nor does my accent (why should I'm born and raised here).
I'd been made aware by the recruitment agency that I was without doubt the strongest candidate with the most experience given they are the soul supplier to the company in a area that is rapidly growing in IT/Telecoms.
It was obvious from walking in to the room they were horrified that someone none white had made it through there screening process.
Of cousre everything was conducted cordially , however when I left the interview I contacted the recruiter whom despite my best effort to educate him as sutbly as I could that I didn't feel they would progress my candidacy he insisted on why I thought that.
I refused to say why saying it would be better for him to see what the feedback was before we jumped to any conclusions.
Needless to say the obligatory weekend break and feedback came on Monday to the recruiter who was told ' although X interviewed well it was felt that another candidate was better suited'.
The recruiter pressed the issue with them despite my advice telling him he could damage his own relationship with them.
The recruiter was incensed but helpless as this is client.
I'm not expecting this post to change anyone's opinion nor am I expecting sympathy.
I'm merely pointing out the Racism that is prevalent and unprovable.
So for the record this Ethnic has already since then been offered a role in the USA with Silicon Valley company.
This is why in my view the UK will never be serious in the IT world when these ideas still peculate.
It's subtle and it's damaging business opportunities and will cause further problems as the world becomes more global.
More worryingly after speaking to my Parents who retired in America it was exactly the same when he was my age saying nothing much has changed in the UK in this regard
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