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REC releases report around gender diversity in recruitment

The Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC) has launched a new research report – Increasing opportunity, supporting growth: The role of good recruitment in gender diversity.

It’s a how-to guide for recruiters and employers on best practice recruiting to increase gender equality in the workplace.

It has been estimated that if the country’s gender gap were to be closed, this could potentially generate an additional £150 billion to the UK’s gross domestic product (GDP) by 2025.

Some of the many practical steps to improve gender diversity included in the report are:

  • Ensure job adverts are written in neutral language
  • Use a variety of advertising platforms to reach a diverse pool of talent
  • Offer flexible working arrangements for all applicants
  • Clearly define a salary range in job adverts
  • Use name and context-blind recruitment processes  
  • Call out bad practice and challenge your clients to address unconscious bias
  • Set equality targets and train staff in equality processes

REC chief executive, Neil Carberry, said, “This report provides timely analysis of where we are as recruiters when it comes to doing our bit to combat gender inequality. It then looks at what practical steps we can take to make progress.

“We need to use the power we have as an industry to make a difference. This is an opportunity for our sector to make long-lasting change for the UK which will drive growth and see us compete effectively on the global stage.”

The full report with recommendations can be found here: Video clips of female recruiters talking about gender diversity are also available.

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