Barriers perceived by young Chinese adults to their employment in companies in the UK

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Original languageEnglish
Journal / PublicationInternational Journal of Human Resource Management
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1996


This paper explores the perceptions and experiences of racial discrimination of young Chinese adults in the British labour market, focusing on the barriers they face in obtaining employment. It is argued that perceived discrimination is as detrimental in its effects as real discrimination, since even the belief that discriminatory practices exist in British companies is sufficient to deter many Chinese young people from seeking employment outside the Chinese catering industry. The implications arising from the discussion emphasize that discrimination results in a waste of talent and potential, which companies can ill afford, especially at a time of demographic change and skill shortages.

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  • Britain, Chinese, Discrimination, Employment, Racism