Hull company says people don't have to disclose criminal convictions when applying for a job
Ban The Box has been taken up by some of the country's biggest businesses
By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 8 Aug 2018
People with criminal convictions in Hull can now apply for jobs without disclosing their record, thanks to a recruitment agency in the city.
Prestige Recruitment, based in the city centre, will no longer ask people looking for work to list their convictions at the first stage.
It gives people with criminal backgrounds a chance to get their foot in the door with a company without prejudice, but they could still be asked at a later stage.
The agency has argued that people with smaller convictions, such as a speeding ticket, should not be forced to disclose it before a company has had chance to meet them.
The scheme gives people with convictions the chance to find work
Nigel Stabler, managing director of Prestige, said: “We are delighted to have introduced this initiative across our business.
“Removing the barrier of a tick box when applying for a role can make all the difference to a person’s future.
“We hope in leading the way with this initiative in these regions, we are helping to widen the talent pool and show forward thinking by playing a part in reducing a person’s chance of reoffending.”
There are over 11 million people with a criminal record in the UK.
Prestige Recruitment has signed up to ‘Ban the Box’ – a first in the industry in Hull.
Prestige will no longer ask any applicants – whether employed directly by them, or those applying to use the agency’s work finding services for permanent and temporary roles – about criminal convictions at the initial application stage.
Instead, criminal convictions are discussed at the end of the registration process.
Any roles with clients that may require disclosure of a criminal record are discussed and agreed with the candidate first; then consultants support the candidate on how to provide a positive disclosure to the client.
“As an organisation we recognise the valuable contribution people with convictions can bring to our society and actively encourage people who want to move on from their past mistakes to apply for relevant vacancies with us,” Mr Stabler said.
“We believe, if someone has been punished by the courts and served their time, why should they go on being penalised after their sentence has finished?”
Some of the country’s biggest businesses have already ‘banned the box.'
Boots has led the way in the retail sector, and has been joined by the Civil Service.
Carillion, which this week handed over its final contracts as its liquidation enters the final stage, also banned the box before its turmoil began.
Through signing up to Ban the Box and considering whether, when and how to ask about criminal convictions, employers can play a vital role in reducing reoffending while gaining access to a larger and diverse talent pool.