Over 11 million people in the UK have a criminal record, yet three quarters of employers admit to discriminating against applications with a criminal conviction. Employing ex-offenders gives companies access to a diverse pool of talent and brings down the £15 billion a year cost of reoffending for businesses, taxpayers and communities.
Mainstream recruitment practices often exclude people with convictions from employment opportunities - sometimes deliberately, often inadvertently. The criminal record tick box is used on many application forms as a filtering mechanism during recruitment and can discourage people from applying. Ban the Box calls on UK employers to give ex-offenders a fair chance to compete for jobs by removing the tick box from application forms and asking about criminal convictions later in the recruitment process.