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April 23, 2021
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CURS poll: 78 pc of Romanian population think discrimination on labour market is rife

78 per cent of the Romanian population think that discrimination on the labour market is common, according to a survey conducted by CURS between April 30 and May 18 and released on Thursday. Moreover, 68 per cent of the respondents think that discrimination on the Romanian labour market occurs more frequently than it did five years ago. One in three employees would not react in any way if s/he were discriminated against at the work place, and less than one in 10 individuals would seek legal counsel if discriminated against on applying for a position or at the work place, while only one in two people would turn to their superior to file a complaint related to discrimination. According to the survey, for men, being over 40 or under 25 are the main obstacles in finding a job, and, for women over 40, age may act as an impediment.


Almost 9 in 10 individuals looking for a job would agree to perform a job below their professional training, with a legal contract, the same CURS survey indicates. Moreover, one in two unemployed individuals would accept working illegally.


The survey was conducted as part of the project “Equality on hiring and at the work place. Information and awareness-raising campaign with a view to changing social attitudes and stereotypes on hiring and at the work place. The results of the social inclusion at the work place barometer”, jointly run by the University of Bucharest, the Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca, the Alexandru Ioan Cuza University in Iasi and the National Trade Union Block.


To this purpose, several polls have been conducted at national level: one for the population with the right to work (16 and over) in which the sample included 1,100 respondents, aged 16 and over, the theoretical margin of error for the entire sample being of +/- 2.95 pc, a poll for the Roma population, aged 16 and over (the sample: 600 Roma individuals), with a margin of error for the entire sample of +/- 4 pc. The last poll was conducted on a sample of 300 people, aged 40 to 64, with a margin of error for the entire sample of +/- 4 pc.

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