Why Employ?

Why should employers consider somebody with a criminal record as being suitable for recruitment as a potential employee?

Benefits to Business

The need to reduce re-offending rates in Scotland is well recognised and supported by Scottish Government Justice policy, as is the recognition that providing sustainable job opportunities is one of the most effective ways of achieving this. Given that in Scotland approximately 1 in 3 men and 1 in 10 of women of working age have at least one conviction there is a substantial pool of people with a wide range of talents, skills and experience that is too often overlooked by employers when looking for new employees.

By considering people with convictions for recruitment employers can not only benefit from their ability to do the job but also tap into the added commitment that is often evident from somebody determined to clearly demonstrate their worth through work and their contribution as a citizen. The follow on benefit to society as a whole can also enhance the reputation of a business seen to be taking an active and responsible role in helping Scotland become a better and safer nation.

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