On the wall behind the reception of a well established family-run business hangs a framed notice, possibly designed to dissuade outsiders from applying for work:
We promote family values here – nearly as much as we promote family members!
Nepotism is a bit of a dirty word, especially if you’re applying for a job and you know the CEO’s nephew is one of those you’re up against! In modern-day terms nepotism refers to the act of favouring relatives at work in employment or economic terms as opposed to them being judged on ability or merit.
For the most part, it can simply be viewed in terms of people giving somebody a leg-up or giving them a bit more of the inside track to enable them to get on within an organisation. But this doesn’t happen nowadays, surely?!
Well, take a look at the following stats and make your own mind up to see how people are getting work in the UK:
- 11 million people are either working with a relative who gave them the role, or in a position which a family member helped them secure
- Over a third (34 per cent) dodged the interview process completely after getting a nod from a friend