How can an employer ensure that its application forms are not discriminatory?

The employer should make sure that an application form requests only information that is relevant to the performance of the job, for example details of the applicant's education and qualifications, work experience and skills. Any personal details that are required for the processing of the application should be contained on a tear-off portion of the form that can be removed from the main part of the application form (for example by an HR officer), before the application is passed to the relevant line manager to assess. In this way, the line manager cannot be influenced by the candidate's gender, marital status, race or age and so the risk of discrimination is minimised.