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Building a fair and transparent workforce begins with the recruitment process. The way you word a job advertisement or the requirements you include may put off some people from applying and could be unlawful.
Send a positive message by including an equal opportunities statement that applications are welcome from all suitably qualified or experienced people. For example: 'We particularly welcome applicants from those who are significantly underrepresented in our sector, such as women, disabled people and individuals from Black and Minority ethnic communities.'
In this way you'll be better able to reach individuals who are underrepresented in your workforce. You can also take positive action by engaging with local community groups, schools or equality organisations.
Learn about how you can make your recruitment process and workplace accessible and welcoming for people with disabilities in gov.uk's recruitment and disabled people section. You can sign up here as a Disability Confident employer. This will help demonstrate your commitment to fair employment opportunities for people with disabilities.
Having a strong equality and diversity policy isn't just about corporate or social responsibility, it's also about good business. Don't let your ideal candidate slip away.
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