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Courage of criminal convictions

Almost three-quarters of national companies continue to ask about criminal records at job application stage, new research shows. Unlock, the national charity for people with convictions, has today published new research that shows the vast majority of national companies continuing to have criminal record declarations as a core part of their initial job application forms. 

Article by: Christopher Stacey | Published: 27 October 2018

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South Africa – criminal record checks on new recruits

In South Africa potential employers will often do a criminal background check on a candidate for a permanent, contract or volunteer position. It is the most common background check done in South Africa despite the South African Police Service’s (SAPS) records not always being up to date and that the check the does not provide information unless the candidate has been convicted of a crime in South Africa.

Article by: Jenny Reid | Published: 19 September 2018

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Employing ex-criminals

11 million people in the UK have a criminal conviction and a third of men and nine per cent of women will have been convicted of an offence by the age of 53. But a YouGov survey commissioned by the Department for Work and Pensions in 2016 found that 50 percent of employers would not consider employing an ex-offender, regardless of the offence or sentence received.

Article by: Beverley Sunderland | Published: 6 September 2018