Over 10.5 million people in the UK have a criminal record and many face stigma and discrimination when applying for work, despite having put the past behind them. UNLOCK’S work with employers over many years has highlighted the significant business benefits of employing people with convictions. Yet recruiters often struggle to understand complex criminal record disclosure legislation and don’t know what they can and can’t do, with policies and processes that often discourage applicants. Although nine out of ten employers have said that they’re open to the idea of recruiting people with convictions, in practice less than 20% say they have knowingly done so.
Our friends at UNLOCK have developed a new website which aims to deal with this by:
- Supporting employers in recruiting people with convictions
- Helping companies to deal with criminal records fairly
- Sharing good practice (such as Ban the Box)
- Providing free guidance and tools
- Showing what other employers are doing
Christopher Stacey, Co-director of Unlock, said:
“There’s a talent pool of over 10.5 million people that many companies are overlooking. People with criminal records make good employees. This new website that we’re launching today helps employers to make sure they’re not missing out on the diverse skills and experience of people with criminal records.
To go to the new website click HERE