Global publishing group, Penguin Random House, has announced that it will no longer require candidates for new jobs to have a university degree. They have stated they wish to open up opportunities to attract more varied candidates into publishing, an industry that has been criticised for its lack of diversity.
The publishing company revisited its degree requirements and and decided to remove the filter as an essential from their job adverts, job descriptions and recruitment systems as they would like to employ a broad range of applicants.
They’re not the first to try this out. Ernst and Young announced haven’t specified a certain degree and Deloitte aren’t concerned where you went to university. Penguin have taken it a step further and said they don’t even need you to have a degree.
Group HR director for Penguin Random House, Neil Morrison, said:
“We want to attract the best people to help grow and shape the future of our company, regardless of their background – and that means that we need to think and act differently. Simply, if you’re talented and you have potential, we want to hear from you. This is the starting point for our concerted action to make publishing far, far more inclusive than it has been to date. Now, we need to be more visible to talented people across the UK. We believe this is critical to our future: to publish the best books that appeal to readers everywhere, we need to have people from different backgrounds with different perspectives and a workforce that truly reflects today’s society.”
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