SAP introduces ‘Job Analyser’ to find gender bias in job posts

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The tool highlights gender-specific posts as well as offending words and phrases for the HR team.

SAP has released a new feature, Job Analyser, in its SAP SuccessFactors 2017 Q4 Recruitment Manager release. Job Analyser is a gender bias detection tool, which uses machine learning algorithms for job posts and requisitions.

This tool is currently available in the US and in English, but SAP has plans to make it available in other geographies, and in other languages.

The new tool highlights the gender-specific job posts by the HR and recruitment teams, and points out the offending words and phrases.HR departments can use the insights to design and create ads that are more universal and appeal to both genders.

Gender bias is an issue, which most organisations are trying to address, but studies have shown that gender bias still exists in one or the other form. Though many organisations claim that they are gender neutral and not biased, when it comes to employment opportunities, it is not the case. Gender biasness is often implicit in those job postings, though not mentioned outright.

The new tool highlights the gender-specific job posts by the HR and recruitment teams, and points out the offending words and phrases.HR departments can use the insights to design and create ads that are more universal and appeal to both genders.

The new tool also suggests relevant skills to make a requisition more effective and compare them with other similar job descriptions.

SAP is working with its customers to quantify and measure the benefit that comes with the new feature.

In the future release of the tool, SAP hopes to advance the tool with recommendations to replace the highlighted sections.

Gender biasness or hiring preference(s) in the US is prohibited by federal law. While most companies try to post gender-neutral job openings, the language used may make the post appear biased. This is where the tool comes handy, helping create ads that look and sound unbiased, and which do not violate federal law.

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