What kind of personal details should be contained on a separate section of an application form?
Personal details that the employer requests for the purpose of monitoring diversity of applicants and assessing the effectiveness of any equal opportunities policy should be contained on a separate form or a tear-off portion of the form rather than being integrated into the main application form. The equal opportunities monitoring portion can then be removed from the main part of the application form, before the application is passed to the relevant managers to assess. The HR department will still have access to personal information for monitoring purposes, but the recruitment decision-makers will not. Information that should appear on the separate portion and not on the main form includes details of the candidate's sex, marital or civil partner status, race, nationality, age and whether or not he or she has a disability.