Tattoo Taboo?

21 September 2016

Tattoos shouldn't be a barrier to hiring, says employer advice group - BBC News

Tattoo Taboo?

Employers have been warned they could be missing out on top staff because they are rejecting candidates with tattoos.

The conciliation service Acas said negative attitudes about visible tattoos are outdated.

Employers could be drastically reducing the pool of potential recruits because so many young people now have tattoos, Acas said.

It said employers should be thinking about relaxing dress codes in general.

Yougov poll in 2015 suggested that nearly a fifth of UK adults have had tattoos, with those under 40 significantly more likely to have them.

Despite the fashion for tattoos in recent years, research commissioned by Acas from academics at King's College, London, suggests that tattoos are still considered unacceptable in many workplaces.

Several of the 33 people interviewed anonymously for the research said tattoos could be a barrier to hiring in their profession.

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