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Recrutiment & Employment Confederation

Our latest advice on equality, diversity and inclusion

Unlock the power of inclusive recruitment – for your business, clients and candidates

  • Create and develop an EDI strategy and action plan that works for your business​
  • Establish and improve partnerships with your clients​
  • Win and retain high margin business​
  • Attract and retain top talent for your recruitment business​
  • Source exceptional candidates for your clients​

Talking Recruitment Podcasts on EDI

Our regular podcast features the leading thinkers from across the recruitment and business world, in conversation with REC Chief Executive Neil Carberry. 

Meaningful action on equality, diversity and inclusion is a crucial aspect of building sustainable, responsible and profitable businesses. We have a curated an EDI-focused playlist to help guide the recruitment sector on this journey. The topics covered include:

  • Shaping your EDI strategy.
  • Championing inclusive recruitment during times of skills shortages.
  • Narrowing the disability employment gap.
  • How to promote more inclusive recruitment practices as an industry?
  • What does it take to become a neuroinclusive recruiter?

How are we improving equality, diversity and inclusion at the REC?

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Our EDI lead is Dr Olga Frańczak. Olga works across all departments, from campaigns to product development, including internal EDI support and advice with the HR team. This work ensures that EDI is at the core of everything we do for our members, as well as staff.

Olga has been working on anti-discrimination issues since 2011. She has worked in international organisations, charities, universities, and private firms in the UK and abroad. Her experience includes working with survivors of hate crimes, gender-based violence and domestic abuse.

Olga has a master’s degree in law. In 2021, she received a PhD on gender stereotypes and their impact on the realisation of human rights.

Get in touch with Olga:

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Our EDI Committee is a staff group which works closely with the EDI Programme Lead, the Head of Delivery and HR team to ensure that the REC is a safe, empowering, and inclusive place to work. While ensuring EDI at the REC is the responsibility of all staff, the committee functions as a resource and sounding board to raise the profile of EDI within the REC, and with our membership. The group provides feedback and makes recommendations for change to ensure that the REC strives for best practice.

All REC staff are welcome to join the EDI Committee. We aim for each team to have at least one representative in the committee to make sure that EDI is at the core of everything they that they do. The purpose of the EDI committee cannot be achieved without active engagement and time commitment from its members which are hugely appreciated.

menal health first aiders

At the REC we understand that equality, diversity, and inclusion are closely tied to mental health and wellbeing. Our Mental Health First Aiders are staff members trained in providing initial mental health support with any concerns colleagues have around their mental health.

We have a dedicated mental health inbox and where staff can ask for advice or perhaps just find someone to talk to. These conversations are kept confidential.Mental Health First Aiders also provide feedback and make recommendations for change to ensure that the REC supports employee wellbeing.


Visit our Mental Health Hub for more.

Our equality, diversity and inclusion commitments