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9 February 2017
Good Recruitment Campaign by REC

The REC’s Good Recruitment Campaign has received the backing of some of the UK’s largest employers, with John Lewis Partnership, BBC, Tesco, ARM Holdings plc, Schroders, BAE Systems and Compass Group UK & Ireland joining forces. The Good Recruitment Campaign helps businesses and organisations benchmark their current recruitment methods and shake up their strategies in order to attract the right candidate for the role.

REC chief executive Kevin Green said:

“Business success is dependent upon attracting and retaining talented people. Organisations across the private and public sectors recognise this and want know how they can improve.

“Our aim with the Good Recruitment Campaign is to bring together likeminded HR and recruitment professionals to share knowledge, raise standards, and commit to excellent practice. The fact that the UK’s largest employers are prepared to endorse the campaign speaks volumes about the value it brings to their employer brand.

“We’ve just launched a new online information hub to support the campaign, and we’re looking forward to welcoming even more employers at our 2017 programme of events.”

The Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) launched the Good Recruitment Campaign back in 2014 in an effort to provide organisations with guidance to help improve recruitment standards and candidate experiences. More than 200 organisations employing more than 2 million staff in the UK have signed up, agreeing to promote diversity and inclusion, offer flexible working conditions, provide a great candidate experience and lead the way to promote ethical and professional recruitment practices.

John Whelan, UK HR director at BAE Systems, said:

“BAE Systems is delighted to join the Good Recruitment Campaign. The recruitment and retention of talent is of upmost important to businesses at all times, but even more so in a time of skill shortages. The opportunity to get involved in a cost-free campaign that allows us access to a network of peers and to research to help us get better at attracting talent was an easy decision.”

Back when the campaign launched Kevin Green said now (2014) was the right time to launch the campaign for several reasons:

  • there are 2.5 million unemployed people;
  • yet 40% of employers struggle to find the right talent;
  • the UK economy has moved from 14 areas of skills shortage a year ago to 47 today; and,
  • 25% of employers say poor recruitment for one role had cost more than £40,000.

The campaign is also supported by the CIPD, the Federation of Small Businesses, the Confederation of Business Industry, NHS Employers and ACAS. To find out more, visit the REC website.

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