Dear Equality Commission for Northern Ireland,
Could you explain the following issues.
1. Is date of birth data recorded on monitoring forms by employers in Northern Ireland?
2. Why is date of birth data on employment monitoring forms not recorded by the Equality Commission? Specifically I refer to job applicants, appointees and leavers.
3. From date of birth data, it is possible to calculate the age of job applicants, appointees and leavers. Why is age data not available or recorded?
4. What role if any does the Commission have in preventing age discrimination?
5. Why is it that data for example the numbers of Catholics and Protestants employed by a specific available but not their age?
6. Without age data it is not possible to check whether an employer is biased against certain age groups, are there plans to collect such data, or is the current law flawed?
Dear Mr Martin
I refer to your freedom of information request of 4 April 2014 regarding
age data on monitoring forms.
In relation to questions 1,2,3 and 5, I refer to my email of 1 April 2014
which explains the position.
The role of the Commission (Q 4) is set out on the Commissions website
Q6 does not relate to information held by the Equality Commission.
Equality Commission for Northern Ireland
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