The Better Hiring Institute is committed to driving fairer hiring practices across the UK. This includes the way people apply for jobs, how they apply for jobs, the information provided by work seekers, the recruitment process itself, and the way organisations make decisions.

The Better Hiring Institute believes the way companies advertise jobs, the way people apply for jobs, the way companies sift applications, the interview process, and the decision stage all provide opportunities for direct and indirect discrimination. The lack of standardisation also results in more opportunity for poor practice.

A priority for The Better Hiring Institute is to help devise best practice approaches to ensure fairer recruitment, including:

  • Ensuring job adverts do not contain bias.
  • Ensuring job seekers are not asked for more personal information than absolutely required.
  • Encouraging ‘blind recruitment’ to protect personal characteristics.
  • That the sifting process is clear, transparent, and avoids any form of discrimination.
  • That the recruitment decisions are based purely on the person’s suitability for the role

With the increase in digital recruitment, it is important to ensure this does not impact on equality and diversity in hiring. Therefore, whilst The Better Hiring Institute support digital innovation, it is campaigning for fairness to remain the primary focus.


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