Recruiters connect people with opportunities and make businesses more successful by helping them find the people they need to build a successful organisation. For a person with a criminal record, getting the right job can transform their life. It is a fact that one of the best ways to stop people getting in trouble again is to challenge the marginalisation and exclusion caused by past criminal behaviour. Getting a job and having good relationships promotes a sense that you are part of society and have an investment in it. Paradoxically, failure to give people with convictions employment increases crime and costs society billions of pounds every year.
With candidate attraction getting more challenging and client expectations evolving, it’s essential that recruiters review their strategies and reinvigorate their processes. Expanding your candidate pool to include more people from under-represented groups is an important way in which you can meet client demand, fill skills shortages and add value. Most people are surprised to learn that about one-third of males in the United Kingdom have a criminal record of one kind or another. Far fewer women have a criminal record, perhaps around one in ten. Most convictions on most people’s records are associated with low level behaviour, prosecuted in the lower courts and typically attracting non-custodial sentences.
Ban the Box is Business in the Community’s campaign calling on UK employers to give ex-offenders a fair chance to compete for jobs by removing the tick box from application forms that asks about criminal convictions.
Asking about criminal convictions later in the recruitment process allows candidates’ skills and abilities to shine through.
Encouraging your clients to sign up to Ban the Box is a great way to support them to access diverse, untapped talent and stop the cycle of re-offending.
Some recruiters have incorporated the Ban the Box principles into their processes to become Ban the box employers. Recruiters are encouraged to follow Ban the Box principles as far as possible.