Ensure your recruitment is fair, transparent and equitable

Inclusive recruitment goes beyond simply being open to different groups applying. It involves taking proactive steps to make every stage in the recruitment process equal for all. If we accept that the way businesses have recruited in the past has presented barriers to various groups – and that the system is unlikely to have been reviewed for years (even decades) – then this more proactive approach is the only way to make a meaningful difference to your talent pipeline.

Disabilities versus Career

‘Career stall’ is more prevalent among professionals with disabilities (25%) compared to professionals without disabilities (16%)

Leaders and Inclusivity

Employees with inclusive team leaders are 87% less likely to perceive bias and 39% more likely to feel engaged at work

Bridge the skills gap

Inclusive recruitment and winning the race for talent

Most organisations who take an honest look at how successful diverse groups are at each stage in their recruitment process will likely conclude that the playing field as it stands is not an equal one. And if you aren’t attracting the widest possible pool of candidates, how can you be sure you’re finding the most talented people?

Every industry and sector has its own talent shortfall. The UK tech skills gap stood at 800,000 workers in 2020, for example. Whether it’s tech professionals or care workers, in most sectors there are roles that are getting harder and harder to fill. This race for talent has become a major driver of inclusive recruitment practices.

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Process for progress

How can we be more inclusive when recruiting?

The best place to start is a detailed analysis of how you currently recruit. This will help us determine where the barriers to different groups actually are. This goes beyond just desk research: we’ll speak in confidence to those who have been through the process and observe your interview panels in action. We’ll then provide you with guidance on inclusive recruitment that’s specific to your talent pipeline, including:

  • Tracking EDI data for applicants throughout the recruitment process
  • Understanding and relaying the difference between positive action and positive discrimination
  • Establishing a diverse recruitment panel
  • Writing appropriate interview questions and follow-ons
  • Recognising the effects of non-verbal signals and body language during interviews
  • Creating a positive narrative around changing recruitment practices
  • Exploring and addressing the impact of unconscious bias in your recruitment and selection
What our clients say

I have been involved in recruitment for 7 years so I am surprised about how much I learnt on this programme. I expect to make much more effective and fair recruitment decisions in the future.

Recruiting Manager at
City University
A win-win situation

The benefits of inclusive recruitment

As well as expanding the talent pool, inclusive recruitment considers ways to counteract the de-selection of diverse groups at various stages throughout the recruitment process, from CV sifting to selection interviews. This includes addressing affinity bias, which leads to hires who are just like the people hiring them.

Research has shown how diverse groups are more innovative and make more successful business decisions than homogeneous groups. Get it right, and you’re looking at higher levels of employee belonging and talent retention/progression, plus a reputation as an engaged employer of choice.

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