A survey by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation has found that 76% of the 300 consultants surveyed felt that employers could discriminate against potential applicants based on personal information they display on web pages such as MySpace and Facebook.

Tom Hadley of the REC commented: ‘It’s vital that jobseekers take their internet footprint seriously and keep in mind it could affect their job prospects…employers also have a role to play…factors such as religion, sexual orientation or even personal preferences cannot be used to determine candidate suitability for a job role and employers could seriously narrow the pool of talent available to them by adopting this approach’.