CIPD: Most employers fine with recruiting ex-offenders
New research has revealed that three-quarters of UK businesses would be happy to recruit ex-offenders as long as they had the right skills.
The survey by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) showed that employers consider soft skills such as honesty, reliability and personal behaviour to be particularly important.
It also found that two-thirds of employers who advertise the fact they employ ex-offenders believe this to have had a positive effect on their business reputation.
"Getting involved in the rehabilitation of ex-offenders through corporate social responsibility initiatives will help to create economically successful communities in which individuals and businesses can benefit," commented Dianah Worman OBE, diversity adviser for the CIPD.
A conference hosted by the Learning and Skills Council last month saw Sir Clive Booth, chair of the SE Regional Reducing Re-offending Delivery Board, inform local employers of the advantages of recruiting ex-offenders.