Gi Group UK launches responsible recruitment campaign
However, the reality of responsible recruitment is that it provides forward-thinking, socially aware businesses with the chance to fight discrimination, address social issues and recruit from a wider pool of talented individuals who are hungry for opportunity and development.
According to recent research by Business in the Community (BITC), almost half the companies surveyed have experienced a direct positive financial impact by being involved in such employability initiatives. Nearly two thirds reported organisational growth benefits thanks to work inclusion programmes – be it winning tenders, developing new partnerships or improvements in operations effectiveness.
This mirrors the beliefs and experiences of Gi Group UK which places an average of 15,000 individuals in work each week - in both permanent and temporary roles. With this extensive first hand experience of recruitment trends and challenges, Gi Group UK is also well placed to champion the value of those groups who have previously been neglected when businesses are hiring.
Going forward, the campaign will focus on different groups facing barriers to work and highlight the benefits and skill-sets that recruiting such individuals can bring - while debunking the traditional myths and reservations which have previously hindered their employment.
Many successful businesses are founded on socially-led recruitment practices and reap both commercial and community based benefits. These include: enhanced employee engagement and personal development improved brand values and reputation and access to an increased and high quality talent pool - in addition to the bottom line benefits highlighted above.
Planned focuses include:
Supporting Ex-Servicemen into civilian roles
Charting the work of Help For Heroes and its partnership organisations in fundraising and creating employment and work experience opportunities for ex and wounded service men and women.
Rehabilitating Ex-Offenders through employment
Highlighting the contribution of companies which implement successful re-integration strategies for ex-offenders despite the obvious stigmas which exist. The article will include a focus on the BITC-led Ban The Box campaign.
Job seeking for candidates with physical and mental disabilities
Exploring why one in three disabled job seekers face discrimination and barriers to work – and highlighting examples of what can be done to address this alarming statistic.
Tackling youth unemployment
Whether it be through apprenticeships, or initiatives such as Young Enterprise or the BITC’s Business Class, there is significant investment from organisations to improve the skills and employability of the workforce of the future.
Gi Group UK head of CSR, David Carlin said, "CSR is playing an increasingly important role as a component of responsible corporate strategy. Embracing the most responsible recruitment practices will be essential for businesses going forward. Our focus in this area is designed to help organisations maximise a talent pool they may previously have missed out on while avoiding potential issues caused through lack of awareness and understanding.
“We are looking to make contact with any organisations wishing to highlight the support they offer specific disadvantaged groups or those companies with successful responsible recruitment tales to tell.”