Recruitment And Selection Stages Views
The employer has the legal responsibility to ensure that no unlawful discrimination occurs in the recruitment and selection process on the grounds of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, and religion or belief. Equality of opportunity is an integral part of the recruitment and selection process, and to this end employers may offer training and encouragement to any under-represented groups. Examples include pre-application assistance for those who do not have English as their first language, or management development training for women where they are under-represented in management grades (1).
Employees and their representatives will also have an interest in fair, non-discriminatory recruitment and selection policies, and they should be fully consulted when new procedures are introduced or existing procedures reviewed. The Sex Discrimination Act 1975, the Race Relations Act 1976, the Employment Equality Regulations (covering sexual orientation, religion or belief, and age) and the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 set out the legal requirements for employers.
All those involved on a regular basis, or who may be required to assist with, the recruitment and selection of staff should attend the appropriate College workshop (se for more information). These workshops provide detailed guidance on the legal framework and equal opportunities issues throughout the process, as well as the more practical skills involved in interviewing. From 1 October 2004, attendance at the Recruitment and Selection workshop is mandatory for those involved in recruitment, in accordance with the College's Human Resources Strategy.
Birkbeck is committed to equality of opportunity and fair treatment of both current and potential employees. Equal opportunities and anti-discrimination measures are promoted throughout the whole recruitment and selection process. Guidance on how to ensure you are complying with this commitment is set out in this document. However, please refer to, and ensure you are familiar with the Collegeers"s Equal Opportunities Policy. The College's t"Code of Practice on Disability in Employmenta" is also included in the appendix for your information.