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The amount of tattoo parlors has grown exponentially in the last decade. Research indicates that tattoos are more and more accepted in society. However, there are still certain professions in which having a tattoo is not appreciated or even banned. What jobs are we talking about? And in what part of the Netherlands are tattoos banned in most workplaces? It’s all been researched…
No tattoos, please
To answer above questions, career platform Joblift thoroughly checked 2.4 million online vacancies, advertised in the Netherlands in the past 3 years. This resulted in a total of 2355 vacancies specifically stating tattoos were not allowed. The following professions were the most common:
- Security guard
- Traffic controller
It stands out that tattoos are least accepted in professions requiring a lower (or“morepractical” as we say nowadays) education level. Most of the vacancies in this category were advertised to fill jobs in North-Holland (24.1%) and South-Holland (23.4%). But these districts make up for 37.3% of the total amount of published vacancies.
Apart from these no-tattoo-vacancies, researchers found a few other criteria. For example, piercings were not allowed in 1120 published job. Also golden teeth (83%) and fake nails (14%) were mentioned.
When I look at the list of professions, I don’t always understand the ban on tattoos. Why would someone controlling the traffic not be allowed to have one? You usually see this person in the distance and only for practical reasons. And for a very short time.
As for the rest of the list, I can imagine that the policy strongly depends on the type of company advertising the job. Obviously, a host or waitress is considered to be the face of a company. The company could decide whether tattoos are a part of that face or not. Cleaners and housekeepers are also present and visible, but more in the background. Especially in case of cleaning staff, as these people usually don’t work during office hours.
I personally expect that the number of companies banning tattoos will drop. Nowadays, you see more and more tattoos and they have not been associated with aggression for a while now. But it is surely something that is noticeable when you meet someone. Like with corporate attire, the employer holds the right to determine whether or not a tattoo is part of the company’s image or not.