Promoting Diversity and Equality in the recruitment industry
Employing people from a wide range of backgrounds, ages and life experiences can add significant value to organisations. Open and inclusive recruitment processes mean that employers have a greater choice of talent from which to choose from. It is proven that diverse workforces lead to better staff retention rates, a great understanding of different markets and a more creative mix of people. Diversity is not only good in itself but also good for business.
Yet many employers, particularly small organisations, find it difficult to allocate the resources to diversify their workforces. This is where the recruitment industry can add significant value. Recruiters can play an important role in helping clients to encourage potential candidates from all backgrounds to put themselves forward for roles with confidence. The public sector is under a legal obligation to promote the diversity of its workforce and expects to see this in the recruitment agencies they choose to do business with.
A respect for diversity is one of the main guiding principles enshrined in the REC's Code of Professional Practice. REC members should have a respect for diversity through adhering to all applicable legislation, encourage equal opportunities and establish working practices to safeguard against prejudice. The REC runs a number of initiatives to promote diverse recruitment including:
Model diversity policies
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