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A regular podcast featuring the leading thinkers from across the recruitment and business world

Meet our host, Neil Carberry

Neil Carberry was appointed as Chief Executive of the Recruitment and Employment Confederation in June 2018 having been Managing Director at the Confederation of British Industry, leading the CBI’s work on the labour market, skills, energy and infrastructure. In 1999, Neil began his career in recruitment working for executive search firm Fraser Watson before doing a post-graduate degree in Human Resources at the London School of Economics and joining the CBI in 2004. He is a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD and a Fellow of the RSA.

He is a member of the council of the conciliation service Acas and a former member of the Low Pay Commission, which recommends UK minimum wages. A three-time nominee to the SIA Staffing 100 in Europe, he is also on the board of the World Employment Confederation and a primary academy trust in Oxfordshire. Neil is an RFU qualified rugby coach and is one of the 8000 co-owners who made Heart of Midlothian the UK’s biggest fan-owned football club.

*The views expressed by guests on the REC's Talking Recruitment podcast are not those of the REC and reflect the individual's personal opinions.  

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Welcome to our 2023 series

Episode 2: What does it take to become a neuroinclusive recruiter?

Guest speaker:

  • Ed Thompson, CEO and Founder, Uptimize


Download the guide to recruiting neurodiverse talent

Our recent research in partnership with neurodivergent training experts Uptimize revealed some astonishing findings about the state of neuroinclusive recruitment in the UK. We surveyed REC members to understand the level of awareness of neuroinclusive recruitment practices within organisations. Here are some key findings:

  • Only 30% of recruiters in our study have knowingly placed neurodivergent candidates.
  • Almost 80% of respondents said they had received no training on neuroinclusive recruitment and only 20% understood how to conduct a neuroinclusive interview.
  • 70% of recruiters believe there is high potential in untapped neurodiverse talent pool.

So, what does it take to become a neuroinclusive recruiter? What practical steps can leaders take to drive the movement? We spoke to Ed Thompson, CEO of Uptimize to guide us through this unexplored area of recruitment which could hold the key to tackling the ongoing skills shortages. You'll hear about:

  • What did we (collectively!) learn from surveying REC members on this topic?

  • What is the particular role/responsibility that recruiters have when it comes to (neuro)diversity and (neuro)inclusion?

  • Why do conventional hiring processes and practices often disadvantage neurodivergent candidates?

  • What are some of the biggest misconceptions when it comes to neurodiversity and recruitment?

  • What can REC members do right now to bring greater neuroinclusion to their own work?

  • What can REC members do right now to bring greater neuroinclusion to their teams/organisations?

  • What are the key messages/takeaways of the REC/Uptimize guide?


Enjoying our podcasts? Why not join Neil's live webinar to discuss the big issues affecting our industry?

View our 2023 schedule of Neil's Talking Recruitment webinars and book your place early. 

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Recruitment Matters November-December edition is now out!

Read about:

  • A manifesto for growth

  • The view: Neil Carberry's column

  • Campaigns: We need political clarity and regional input in skills policies

  • The intelligence: Futureproof your business in challenging times

  • Big talking point: Green shoots 

  • Legal update: Digital right-to-work checks: a blessing or a curse?

  • Tips for growth and preparing for economic challenges ahead

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