REC becomes Ban the Box employer

The Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC) has signed up to the Ban the Box campaign, committing to fair recruitment for people with criminal records. As a result, the REC will not ask questions about criminal records at the application stage of the recruitment process, but will ask the questions at a later stage.


Ban the Box is led by the charity Business in the Community (BITC), which found that three quarters of employers admit to discriminating against applicants with a criminal record. There are 11 million people in the UK with a criminal record.


Later this year, the REC will launch a practical guide, which we have developed with charities BITC, Nacro and Unlock, to help agencies with the recruitment of people with criminal records. This will outline steps they can take to ensure their processes are compliant, fair and inclusive.