To all my tattooed comrades out there, make sure to cover up your ink when attending job interviews (especially if you really want the job)!
A recent study by YouGov Omnibus has revealed what Malaysians think about tattoos at the workplace. The survey conducted showcases results from 1,022 Malaysians regarding their views on the employability of inked Malaysians. We think we know where this is going…
The overall results confirm the general view that tattoos are an unwelcome sight at the office. Let’s break down the numbers:
- 3 out of 5 (58%): Are less likely to hire someone who is inked, even if they are qualified for the role.
- 4 out of 10 (37%): Tattoos do not affect their decision when it comes to hiring
- 5%: Are more likely to hire someone with tattoos
- 4 out of 10 (42%): Believe tattoos should not affect a person’s employability
- 2 out of 3 participants: Believe certain professions are just not suitable for those with tattoos
- 2 out of 5 (37%): Have bad impressions of tattoos
- 50% of those aged 55 years and above: Have bad impressions of tattoos
- 34% of those aged 25 years to 34 years: Have bad impressions of tattoos
- 6 out of 10 (58%): Are neutral about tattoos (neither good nor bad impressions)
- 5%: Have good impressions of tattoos
- Face tattoo: Chances of getting hired reduced by 80%
- Neck tattoo: Chances of getting hired reduced by 66%
- Hand tattoo: Chances of getting hired reduced by 60%
- Arm tattoo: Chances of getting hired reduced by 51%
- Torso tattoo: Least likely effected as these tattoos are not visible
- 7% of Malaysians have a tattoo
- 6 out of 10 (63%): Believe tattoos should be covered up in the workplace
YouGov Omnibus Asia-Pacific chief Jake Gammon told The Star that although tattoos are considerably common, they appear to be largely unwelcome in the workplace.
“Not only do tattooed people leave a bad impression on a significant proportion of Malaysians, they also affect employability.” he added.
That’s certainly a bummer for that 7%! Tattoos are becoming more common these days. However, especially in urban and suburban areas. Hopefully, society doesn’t discount them if they’re really the right people for the job.
Be right back, going to go buy a tub of foundation.
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