good recruitment charter

The REC is a professional body for the UK’s recruitment industry and the Good Recruitment Campaign helps organisations work more effectively with their recruitment partners to create a better candidate experience.

It also provides an opportunity to collaborate with a wide range of HR/In-house recruitment leaders from some of the most successful businesses in the world. The REC have more than 200 businesses already committed to good recruitment practice including; Santander, Royal Mail and Kelloggs.

The Good Recruitment Charter has been devised and developed by the REC as the centrepiece to their Good Recruitment Campaign. The charter defines good recruitment practice through nine key principles which organisations who sign up to will aspire to. polkadotfrog is proud to have been a member of the REC for 14 years and adheres to the Good Recruitment Charter. All REC members abide by a Code of Professional Practice and take a compliance test to enter and stay in membership.

Good recruitment helps organisations to acquire the talent they need in order to perform and grow. It provides great candidate experiences and helps ensure that the UK workforce is used to its full potential.

polkadotfrog is encouraging its clients to sign up at no cost to access a whole range of tools, advice and guidance to help develop their recruitment strategy. To find out more and register your interest to sign up to the charter please visit the REC’s website.


Download The Good Recruitment Charter


Principle 1: We are fair, legal and ethical in our resource planning and recruitment procedures, with specific regard to actively promoting diversity and inclusion within the workplace.

Principle 2: We exercise good recruitment practice and apply this equally to temporary, contract, interim, fixed term, zero hours and part-time workers.

Principle 3: We deliver a high standard of candidate experience, with ongoing communication during the recruitment process, including two-way feedback for all those interviewed.

Principle 4: We offer flexible working arrangements and adaptive working practices, wherever possible, as a way of boosting inclusion and attracting talent.

Principle 5: We ask that those managing and delivering the recruitment process (whether internal staff or external providers) work to recognised standards, undertake any relevant training/qualification, and commit to continuous development.

Principle 6: We ask that our external recruitment providers are signed up to industry codes of practice and demonstrate a commitment to good recruitment practice.

Principle 7: Our supply chain delivers good recruitment practice throughout, including where different resourcing models, such as recruitment process outsourcing or vendor arrangements, are in place.

Principle 8: We help to address youth employment through our recruitment procedures; for example, through the provision of apprenticeships and traineeships, and by working with recruitment organisations who have signed up to the REC’s Youth Employment Charter.

Principle 9: We regularly review our recruitment procedures with feedback from candidates (those appointed and not appointed) and keep up-to-date with new recruitment/resourcing approaches.