From The Bookseller:
Penguin Random House UK is removing any requirement for a university degree for all new jobs to attract a “more varied candidate pool” in order to “publish the best books that appeal to readers everywhere”.
Group human resource director Neil Morrison said he made the decision following increasing evidence that there was no simple correlation between having a degree and ongoing performance in work. PRH’s “brightest talents” come from a variety of different backgrounds, not just from the top universities, Morrison added.
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“Now, we need to be more visible to talented people across the UK. We believe this is critical to our future: to publish the best books that appeal to readers everywhere, we need to have people from different backgrounds with different perspectives and a workforce that truly reflects today’s society.”
Graduates are still welcome to apply for jobs, but not having been through higher education will “no longer preclude anyone from joining and progressing their career with PRH UK,” the company said.
The move is also designed to send a clear message to job-seekers who have been through higher education that the university they attended will not impact their chance of success.
PRH UK has no requirements for A-levels or UCAS points either, so academic qualifications will no longer act as a barrier to talented people getting a foot in the door to publishing.
Link to the rest at The Bookseller