Travellers forced to hide identity to get jobs, committee hears

Groups call for measures to tackle community unemployment such as quotas, internships

In one case,  two young Traveller men applied for a job with a local pharmaceutical company using their Traveller name and heard nothing back. After they removed their Traveller identification from their CVs, the two men were both subsequently interviewed and hired by the company. Photograph: iStock

In one case, two young Traveller men applied for a job with a local pharmaceutical company using their Traveller name and heard nothing back. After they removed their Traveller identification from their CVs, the two men were both subsequently interviewed and hired by the company. Photograph: iStock

Members of the Traveller community are having to hide or lie about their identity in order to attain employment, a committee heard on Tuesday.

The most recent figures from the 2016 Census show that 80 per cent of Travellers were unemployed.

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