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Adecco Group joins Deputy PMs flagship social mobility scheme

Adecco Group joins Deputy PM’s flagship social mobility scheme

Adecco Group UK & Ireland has been congratulated by Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, as one of the leading companies in opening their doors to young people from all walks of life.

Adecco Group is named as one of the signatories to the Business Compact, the Deputy Prime Minister’s flagship scheme to create fairer opportunities to getting the best jobs.

Andy Powell, Director, Unlocking Britain’s Potential, Adecco Group UK & Ireland, says:

“UK employers have a responsibility to ensure everyone has the chance to reach their potential – no matter what their background. It is not about creating artificial advantages, but just providing a level playing field. It is fostering a culture that prioritises ability and enthusiasm over networks and nepotism.

“Young people not only need access to job opportunities, but also the skills to thrive when they get there. Through Adecco Group’s own Unlocking Britain’s Potential campaign, we are working with employers, government and educators to ensure potential employees from all backgrounds are armed with important workplace skills. With MP Michael Gove’s recent comments on the need for greater ICT education in schools, the drive for action on workplace opportunities is growing.”

Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, said:

“This is an important step towards a society where it’s what you know, not who you know, that counts.  Working with the Coalition, the biggest hitters in Britain’s business world are helping lead the way to a fairer, more open society.

“By opening their doors to young people from all walks of life, this marks the start of a culture shift at the heart of British business, driven by the belief that ability and drive should trump connections and privilege.

“I’d like to thank Adecco Group for signing up to the Business Compact. Today’s success makes me even more ambitious. This great news is just the beginning – I will be doing everything I can to bring even more businesses on board.”


More than one hundred of Britain’s biggest companies and top professional groups have signed the Business Compact, committing them to making entry into their professions fairer.

The Business Compact forms a key part of the Deputy Prime Minister’s Social Mobility Strategy, launched in April 2011, which sets out the Government’s determination to ensure every individual is free to achieve, regardless of the circumstances of their birth. Businesses which sign up to it agree to:

support communities and schools to raise aspirations through, for example, reading and mentoring schemes or encouraging their staff go out to schools and inspire pupils about their careers.

open opportunities to all young people by advertising their work experience places through schools, online and in other public forums, rather than just giving places to their mates.

make access to internships open and transparent, paying interns the National Minimum Wage where they are legally entitled to it and providing financial support to ensure fair access, such as providing expenses and/or accommodation to those from less advantaged backgrounds to ensure they are not prevented from accessing opportunities by their financial circumstances

recruit fairly and without discrimination, ensuring that their recruitment processes don’t allow candidates to be inadvertently screened out because they went to the wrong school or come from a different ethnic group (including through using name-blank and school-blank applications where appropriate).

Case study – Adecco Group

Adecco is actively providing unemployed young people with invaluable work experience in their own branches and at other organisations through Get Britain Working. Adecco Group has launched & lsquo;Unlocking Britain’s Potential’, an initiative designed to engage with UK business in how to unlock potential in the workforce, from bringing employers and educators closer together to addressing the existence of an underclass in the UK. As the official recruitment services provider to London 2012, Adecco is helping meet the commitment to be the most diverse and inclusive games ever. We have developed innovative and practical tools, from technology that tracks each stream of diversity by recruitment stage and department, to a guaranteed interview scheme and talent pool for disabled candidates and a talent pool for black, asian and minority ethnic candidates.


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