Intel just made a notable change to its employee referral bonus policy. Refer a candidate who doesn’t look like the majority of its current workforce—predominantly white and predominantly male—and they’ll get more money.
The giant chipmaker will pay up to $4,000 if a candidate is a qualified woman, veteran or minority, according to a plan detailed by the Wall Street Journal.
An Intel spokeswoman confirmed that an employee referral program exists, but didn’t share specifics. Here’s the company’s official statement:
Intel is committed to increase the diversity of our workforce. We are currently offering our employees an additional incentive to help us attract diverse qualified candidates in a competitive environment for talent. This is not the first time we have offered employees referral incentives for diverse candidates, and it’s a commonly used recruitment tool for businesses. Today, it’s one of many programs we are deploying to attract talented women…
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