The risks of relying on robots for fairer staff recruitment

Algorithms are only as bias-free as the data they are based on, writes Sarah O’Connor ©Getty Robots are not just taking people’s jobs away, they are beginning to hand them out, too. Go to any recruitment industry event and you will find the air is thick with terms like “machine learning”, “big data” and “predictive analytics”. The argument for using these tools in recruitment is simple. Robo-recruiters can sift through thousands of job candidates far more efficiently than humans. They can also do it more fairly. Since they do not harbour conscious or unconscious human biases, they will recruit a more diverse and meritocratic workforce. More On this topic IN Columnists This is a seductive idea but it is also dangerous. Algorithms are not inherently neutral just because they see…


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