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The REC unpacks the myths surrounding the recruitment of ex-offenders

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More than 10.5 million people in the UK have a criminal record, that is almost one in every six people. Moreover, most people with criminal convictions have never been to prison and instead have a history of not paying a fine. Despite this, three-quarters of employers admit to discriminating against applicants with a criminal conviction.

Much of this discrimination is due to the many misconceptions surrounding the employment of ex-offenders. Recruiters can play a huge role in dismantling these myths and informing clients on the questions they can and cannot legally ask.

The REC has been working with government and several social enterprises to unpack the many myths surrounding the recruitment of ex-offenders. We sat down with Ian Smith from the Department for Work and Pensions and Jacob Hill, Founder of OffPloy, to better understand how recruiters can support those with criminal convictions enter and progress in the labour market.  Watch the webinar on-demand.

If you are an REC member who is interested in finding out more, please contact policy@rec.uk.com

Webinar On Demand - Recruiting ex-offenders

We sat down with Ian Smith from the Department for Work and Pensions and Jacob Hill, Founder of OffPloy, to better understand how recruiters can support those with criminal convictions enter and progress in the labour market. You can watch the webinar on-demand now.