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REC calls on recruitment industry to help minorities into work

Published: Monday, 04 February 2008   Category: Sales and marketing

Ethnic minority citizens are less likely to be employed, new research has revealed.

The Recruitment and Employment Confederation has called on recruiters to modify their methods after figures from the National Audit Office revealed that a 60 per cent employment rate is experienced by the ethnic minority population compared to 74 per cent for general Britons.

Temporary work would help under-represented groups into the labour market and recruitment professionals also played a guiding role for employers on the issue of ethnic diversity in a recent REC and Jobcentre Plus Diversity Pledge initiative.

Commenting on the scheme, REC director of external relations Tom Hadley said: "This is a real opportunity for the recruitment industry to take a lead in actually delivering real change in an area that has too often been characterised by good intentions and not enough action."

An above-average quota (20 per cent) of job agency workers come from ethnic backgrounds compared to the national average, research by the REC in 2006 found.

The recruitment industry helps 1.2 million temporary workers into assignments and finds permanent careers for more than 700,000 employees each year, according to the REC website.

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