New research released today by Peninsula Ireland shows that 76% of Irish employers would not give someone a job if they had a visible tattoo while 65% of employers believe employees with tattoos may provide an unprofessional image of the business.
As part their research, Peninsula Ireland spoke with 1722 Irish employers throughout April and May 2015.
Managing Director of Peninsula Ireland, Alan Price says, "If you have a tattoo and you feel it is an integral part of your personality then ensure you find an employer that is accepting of tattoos. If a tattoo is on display and offensive or inappropriate for the workplace then I can understand why employers would not wish to employ that particular individual.
It’s interesting to see slightly more employers against tattoos in the workplace compared to when we last asked the question last year. I understand that in a customer facing job a tattoo may not be perceived in the best light, however I would say that when it comes to the ability of the candidate then employers need to ensure they are not discriminating.”
Price added, "Although tattoos are becoming mainstream, more creative industries such as marketing or IT are less likely to discriminate. However, there are still a lot of companies who hold traditional values. So if you’re an employee with the right skills and qualifications, going for a job interview and you have a tattoo on display then it may be worth covering it up.”
Also remember that if you’re an employee and you are looking at getting a tattoo then it may be worth speaking with your employee and checking the dress code for your business."