Equality Act shines spotlight on added value recruitment
Equality Act shines spotlight on added value recruitment, says Chair of REC Diversity & Inclusion Forum
The REC has responded to changes to the Equality Act introduced by the coalition Government. The Act encourages employers to take on more women, minority groups and people with disabilities which are all currently under-represented in many workforces.
The Government said it was to boost voluntary positive action when an employer is faced with two or more candidates of equal merit.
Commenting on the new provisions of the Act, Sarah Gordon, Associate Director of the Sammons Group and Chair of the RECs Diversity and Inclusion Forum, said:
"Professional recruiters are already playing a central role in helping employers to review current recruitment procedures and attract a more diverse pool of candidates. Recent changes may have blurred the lines between positive action and positive discrimination but we are starting to move beyond good intentions and empty rhetoric in order to address under-representation and work-place imbalances.
Regulatory changes have made recruitment more complex but getting it right - particularly with regards to diversity and equality issues - is tangible evidence of an employers' core values and commitment to sourcing the best available talent.
Already, the Association of Executive Recruiters (AER), part of the REC, is addressing this through including diversity in its Client Awareness Campaign and working closely with the CBI through the Sectoral Employment Committee.
The RECs Diversity Pledge has already been supported by hundreds of recruiters who are committed to harness the talent and skills of the widest possible pool of candidates. Its Code of Professional Practice also highlights the need for members to treat work seekers, clients and others without prejudice and discrimination.