What is diverse recruitment?

Diversity is about celebrating and valuing how different we all are – recognising, valuing, and taking account of people’s different backgrounds, knowledge, skills, and experiences, and encouraging and using those differences in a positive way.

A diverse workforce enjoys measurably improved:

  • Health and well being
  • Safety and security
  • Resources and finance management


So as well as being our moral and legal duty, there are clear incentives to nurture diversity

Diverse recruitment is the act of taking special care of recruiting free from the bias related to any of the protected characteristics that is unrelated to performance. An example is to remove the barrier of anything that is not related to the skill set. 

Below are the nine protected characteristics stated in the Equality Act 2010:

Visual of the equality act

For you to remove your bias during the recruiting process, you may need tools to help you to do so. That’s why diversity recruiting is required in today’s workplace.

Information taken from Diversity Recruiting, Jess Man, Editor-in-Chief and Senior Diversity Advisor at Diversity


What are the benefits of Diverse Recruiting?

Diverse and inclusive workforces are resilient, sustainable and more likely to lead to a greater competitive advantage for any organisation. In addition:

  • A diverse workforce outperforms an average workforce by an average of 25%.
  • Diversity increases employee engagement by 40%
  • Diversity reduces cost because turn over is lower
  • Diversity reduces onboarding cost because turn over is lower.


Diversity improves the communication and awareness between employees and employees are happier if they are engaged.  Another good reason to increase diversity is to match the employee population to the demographic of your customers. 


How can you become a diverse recruiter?

The Diversity Social website outlines 7 tips on Diversity Recruiting, Staffing and Hiring:

Top Diversity Staffing, Hiring Best Practice:


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