By: Pramod Thomas
By Tom Dare
ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE is being used by Birmingham council to stop ‘unconcious bias’ when finding job applicants, it has been revealed.
The move is an effort to improve diversity in the workplace, chiefs said, and has already been used in to council recruitment campaigns, with a third due to begin shortly.
The issue is due to be discussed next week by the Cabinet as part of the council’s Workforce Race Equity Review.
The idea behind the policy is to ‘ensure that our opportunities reach all areas of our community’, with a report into the Race Pay Gap last year stating:
To help solve the issue of unconscious bias in recruitment, the council says it has taken to using AI, with papers stating that ‘early indications are that by using this approach we removed any unconscious bias from our advertisement placement”.
And they also say that progress has been made in a number of other areas to help tackle the Race Pay Gap, including:
The papers are due to be discussed in Cabinet on Tuesday (18).
(Local Democracy Reporting Service)