REC survey finds firms fail to take action on diversity

Nearly half of employers do not state they would like to hear from a range of diverse applicants in their job adverts.

According to the results of a survey conducted by the Recruitment & Employment Confederation of 167 employers of different sizes across the UK, highlights included:

  • 60% of hirers have reviewed the wording of their job adverts to improve inclusion, compared to 54% last year.
  • Nearly half of respondents, or 49%, said they do not state their interest in hiring diverse candidates in their job adverts.
  • 67% of respondents do not use name-blind CVs during selection, reflecting a step backwards since last year when 53% reported they did not use them.
  • More than half of respondents, or 56%, do not use diverse interview panels, compared to 53% last year. 

Commenting, REC CEO Neil Carberry said: “It is disappointing to see so little action being taken by firms. While a slim majority of employers have reviewed the wording of their adverts, the overall picture suggests there is a lot still to do… Pressure to change must come from boards and executives, as well as government and sector and trade bodies.”

The survey was taken in June 2023 and involved small, medium and large companies.

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