Why employ?

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

It makes commercial sense.

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 employers can not only benefit from great employees but can gain recognition for taking an active and responsible role in helping Scotland become a better and safer nation. Find out more about business benefits on Business in the Community’s Ban the Box web pages and see our How to Employ page for next steps.

Businesses employing people with convictions say the main benefits are:

1. Access to a wider, more diverse talent pool
2. High retention rates and commitment
3. Improved reputation among customers and commissioners

Read Kirsty’s case study

“Kirsty accepts her life has changed and makes the most of her abilities to focus on employment.”