Why is Indeed collecting demographic data?

General

Why is Indeed collecting demographic data? What is Indeed trying to achieve by collecting this data? 

Indeed helps people get jobs. 

Collecting demographic data is part of our commitment to inclusivity and fairness in the hiring process. Indeed wants to be a place where all candidates get a fair and equitable chance in the hiring process. Inclusive hiring can help employers broaden their candidate pool and make hiring decisions based on a candidate’s skills and abilities to do the job. As a data-driven company, we believe you can’t improve something if you can’t measure it. We are identifying methods to measure fairness in the Indeed Hiring Platform and in other parts of Indeed, and we need demographic data from job seekers to achieve these goals.

Why is Indeed working toward more inclusive hiring? 

As we grow, Indeed can build products that provide insights into hiring. With Indeed’s data and analytics, our goal is to make it easier for employers to engage, manage and hire candidates in a more inclusive way.

The information on this page is presented to supplement and help explain (but not replace) Indeed’s Privacy Policy and Terms of Service

 

For Job Seekers

What categories of demographic data does Indeed collect? 

U.S. based job seekers have the option to share the following data across 6 categories. You can choose which categories you share. The 6 categories include:

  • Age (Birth year)
  • Race & Ethnicity
  • Gender
  • Disability status
  • LGBTQ+ Community Membership
  • Arrest or conviction history

 

How will my demographic data be used?

Indeed is committed to your privacy.

  • We will not share your individual demographic data with employers without your permission.
  • We will not show your individual demographic data on your profile or resume.

Indeed can use your data in the following ways:

  • To evaluate our offerings. By evaluating fairness in our offerings, we can work towards ensuring that they are making opportunities available for everyone.
  • As we describe in our statement on algorithms and fairness, a commitment to fairness is core to our mission, and we are working to understand how to assess and test our technology.
  • Assist employers in their inclusive hiring efforts: Indeed may share a summary of aggregate data, providing information on groups of job seekers, with employers in the future.
  • Indeed is committed to helping employers hire more inclusively:
    • We may share aggregated demographic data related to overall applicants or hires - for instance, when 45% of total applicants identify as male or when 10% of total applicants identify as Asian American.

 

Will employers be able to see my individual demographic data? 

  • No. Indeed is committed to our job seekers’ privacy. We do not share any of your individual demographic data (the 6 categories described above) with employers. You can read more about Indeed’s Privacy Policy
    • We will not share your individual demographic data with employers without your permission.
    • We will not show your demographic data on your profile or resume.
    • Employers will not be able to see your individual demographic data without your permission.
  • Indeed is committed to helping employers hire more inclusively. Indeed may share a summary of aggregated data, providing information on groups of job seekers, with employers in the future if and when they request it. With aggregated summary data, employers will not be able to see your individual demographic data.
    • With aggregated data, employers will not be able to see your individual demographic data.
    • We may share aggregated demographic data of overall applicants or hires - for instance, 45% of applicants identify as male or 10% of hired applicants identified as Hispanic or Latino.

 

Will my demographic data be used in reviewing my job application?

  • No. Some employers are required by U.S. law to ask each job applicant to provide their demographic data on a voluntary basis, and you may see these questions after applying to jobs on Indeed. The purpose of collecting this information is to provide aggregated data, information on groups of job applicants, to the government agencies responsible for enforcing anti-discrimination laws, so they can do their job. (For more information, you can visit the websites for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs.)
  • Your demographic data is not part of what employers review when reviewing your job application. Indeed will not share your individual (as opposed to aggregated) demographic data with employers without your permission, and employers are prohibited by law from considering your demographic data when deciding whom to hire. Job seekers who indicate a criminal record may be protected by fair chance and similar laws in jurisdictions with this legislation. In jurisdictions with this legislation, these laws may provide protections to job seekers with a criminal history. 
  • If you’ve previously shared your demographic data with Indeed, you may have the option to copy your previous answers into the questionnaire from the employer.
  • Indeed may share a summary of aggregated data, providing information on groups of job seekers, with employers in the future if and when they request it. With aggregated data, employers will not be able to see your individual demographic data. 

 

How can I share my demographic data?

There are different ways you can share your demographic data with Indeed, depending on how you are using the site. 

You can share your demographic data:

  • After your attempt to RSVP to an Indeed Hiring Event. 
  • After you have completed and submitted an application through Indeed Apply.

In the future, you may be able to share your demographic data through a direct link in an email from Indeed or by answering a survey on your profile page.

 

I no longer want to share my demographic data with Indeed. How can I remove it?

You can manage your demographic data at any time by clicking here.

 

I do not want to share my demographic data. Can I still use Indeed?

Yes! Sharing your demographic data is completely optional. You are still able to use Indeed if you choose not to share your demographic data and you have control over how much or little you share. We hope, however, that you will consider sharing to help us improve our offerings.

 

If you have any other questions about demographic data, please feel free to reach out to our customer support team for further assistance.

 

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