Culture & Diversity

We’re proud to be an equal opportunities employer and have built a supportive environment that encourages and values diversity and builds on the differences individuals bring to the team.

Our Commitment

Together Stronger

At Understanding Recruitment Group, we wholeheartedly embrace the principle of equal opportunities. We stand firmly against any form of unlawful or unfair discrimination based on any Protected Characteristic (PC). Whether it's sex, race (including colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin), religion or belief, age, disability, marital status and civil partnership, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, or pregnancy and maternity – we're here to champion inclusivity and fairness for all.

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Our ED&I Initiatives

Training Our People.

We're dedicated to supporting Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion (ED&I) across all aspects of our organisations. We provide comprehensive training programmes to foster a culture of inclusivity and awareness. Our training covers crucial topics such as Employment law, Intro to ED&I, Unconscious Biases, Keeping it Inclusive, and Microaggression training. Additionally, we offer management training to enhance confidence in having difficult conversations, addressing employee grievances, and promoting inclusivity. To ensure an inclusive recruitment process, our teams have completed Inclusive Recruiter Training with external providers. 

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Improving Hiring Processes.

We have also conducted a thorough review of our hiring process, identifying barriers and implementing solutions, standardising the interview process, and revamping our competency framework. Furthermore, we provide valuable resources through our online learning platform, including bitesize information on various ED&I topics and a new library dedicated to ED&I content. These initiatives collectively demonstrate our ongoing commitment to promoting ED&I within our organisation and creating an inclusive and supportive work environment.

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Steps We've Taken So Far

In recognition of the pivotal role diversity and inclusion play in the tech industry, we proudly announce our signatory status with the Tech Talent Charter, uniting over 700 organisations in driving change. Embracing this initiative reflects our commitment to fostering inclusivity and aligns seamlessly with our ethos of continuous improvement. Spearheaded to address underrepresentation, the Charter empowers organisations with resources and networks to cultivate diverse tech talent. Our involvement signifies a pledge to enact tangible change, extending beyond our organisation to contribute to a more inclusive tech ecosystem.

As a corporate member of Neurodiversity in Business, we are committed to fostering an inclusive work environment where the unique talents and perspectives of individuals with neurodiverse conditions are valued and celebrated. Through our membership, we actively promote awareness, understanding, and accommodation for neurodiverse employees, ensuring they have the support they need to thrive professionally. By embracing neurodiversity, we recognise the inherent strengths and contributions that neurodiverse individuals bring to our organisation, driving innovation, creativity, and success. Through ongoing education, advocacy, and collaboration, we strive to create a workplace culture that embraces diversity in all its forms, ultimately enriching our company and community as a whole.

We are delighted to announce our partnership with APSCo Embrace, a prominent organisation that focuses on fostering diversity and empowering women in the recruitment industry. The merging of Women in Recruitment into APSCo Embrace represents a powerful collaboration that will drive positive change and create more inclusive opportunities for women professionals in our field. Together, we will champion gender equality, provide support and resources, and advocate for the advancement of women in recruitment. This partnership marks a significant step towards building a more diverse and thriving recruitment industry that values and celebrates the contributions of all individuals.

We are proud to announce our participation in the Disability Confident Scheme, reaffirming our commitment to inclusivity and support for individuals with disabilities. By joining this initiative, we are dedicated to creating an environment that promotes equal opportunities and accessibility for all. Through our engagement with the Disability Confident Scheme, we will actively work towards removing barriers and fostering a workplace culture that embraces the unique talents and contributions of individuals with disabilities. This partnership signifies our ongoing efforts to champion diversity, create a welcoming space for everyone, and ensure that individuals of all abilities have the opportunity to thrive and succeed within our organisation

At Understanding Recruitment Group, we have established clear and objective promotion criteria for all levels, emphasising skills and performance as the key factors. Our aim is to create a transparent and fair system that enables every employee to have a clear path for progression. By removing subjectivity from the equation, we ensure that career advancement is based on merit, making it attainable and equitable for all individuals within our organisation. Through this approach, we foster a motivating environment where employees can actively pursue their professional goals and see their efforts recognised and rewarded.

At Understanding Recruitment Group, we continuously strive to enhance our internal interview processes to ensure fairness and eliminate unconscious bias. As part of our ongoing efforts, we have introduced skill and competency-based interviews, designed to focus on the qualifications and abilities of candidates rather than subjective factors. By implementing this approach, we aim to create a more objective and equitable interview experience for all applicants. This revision enables us to assess candidates based on their relevant skills, expertise, and potential to excel in the role, allowing us to make informed and unbiased hiring decisions.

We have recently implemented an exciting mentoring programme designed to empower and develop the skills of all our employees. This initiative offers a valuable opportunity for individuals at any stage of their career to engage in a mentoring relationship, fostering personal and professional growth. By connecting employees with experienced mentors, we aim to provide guidance, support, and valuable insights to help them thrive and reach their full potential. This mentoring programme reflects our commitment to nurturing talent, fostering a culture of continuous learning, and investing in the success of our team members.

We have taken proactive measures to enhance the knowledge and capabilities of our consultants, enabling them to effectively support and implement strategies that promote fairness and equity in our clients' recruitment processes. Through upskilling initiatives, our consultants have gained a deeper understanding of the steps needed to identify and eliminate barriers and unconscious biases. This empowers them to provide valuable guidance and practical solutions, ensuring that our clients' recruitment practices are inclusive and enable equal opportunities for all candidates. By fostering this expertise within our team, we are dedicated to driving positive change and fostering a more inclusive and unbiased recruitment landscape.

Women In Recruitment

We're proud to say that 40% of our employees across the UK and the US are women, with the number of women increasing from 30 at the end of 2021 to 43 at the end of 2022. We prioritise equal opportunities for women and showcase our support through enhanced maternity pay, flexibility for working parents, and a Diversity & Inclusion Committee. Our Women in UR initiative also meets regularly to discuss improvement ideas, with inspirational guest speakers sharing their recruitment career stories with the team.

Mental Health & Wellbeing

At Understanding Recruitment Group, we prioritise the mental health and well-being of our employees, recognising the potential stress that can come with the recruitment industry. To support our team, we offer access to an Employee Assistance Programme and provide a subscription to the Calm app, ensuring that our employees have resources and tools to prioritise their mental well-being. Additionally, we have established a dedicated Wellbeing Committee and have trained Mental Health First Aiders in place to provide support and assistance when needed. Our commitment to mental health extends beyond internal initiatives, as we have also signed the Mental Health in Recruitment Awareness to Action Pledge, demonstrating our dedication to fostering a workplace culture that values and supports mental health for all.

Get In Touch

We’re rapidly growing and doing amazing things in the world of tech recruitment and are on the lookout for driven and ambitious individuals to join us on our journey in the UK & the US. If you're curious about joining us we'd love to hear from you! 

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