Hello criminal record holders .. posts in various fields

Here’s a sentence you do not see in job postings, “We welcome applicants with a criminal record.”
These words appeared in U.S. mail ads last week, ranging from a crane driver in Florida to a brand designer in New York and a rental manager in Illinois. And they will do it again without a doubt.
Some researchers say there is a growing interest in people with a criminal record, due to a chronic shortage of workers, which has led to the closure of swimming pools and restaurants and crops being rotted in the countries.
“Business owners seem to be getting more used to this group of people,” said Anne Elizabeth Kunkel, an economist at Indeed Herring Lab, Indeed Jobs’ research division.
Her analysis of the site’s data in May shows that the percentage of job searches using phrases such as “friend for criminals” and “no background checks” has risen 45 percent since May last year and 117 percent since May 2019.
The research unit told me via Zoom that this may be due in part to so-called “equitable” employment policies aimed at helping about one in three U.S. adults who presumably have a previous arrest or conviction history. “But my interpretation of this is that the tight labor market definitely plays a role,” she added.
I hope you are right. Despite years of research showing that a good job helps reduce return to prison, employers remain reluctant to hire people with a prison history.
So does the pandemic-induced struggle to find employees mitigate a entrenched criminal law problem?
I was trying to find an answer by contacting Blue Triton, an American company that owns bottled water brands like Poland Springs, and placed an overwhelming number of ads welcoming applicants with a criminal history. Has this step been affected by the lack of labor?
Chris Paul, Group Chief Human Resources Officer, said in an email response: “As a premium employer, it has always been our practice at Blue Triton to attract the largest possible pool of qualified applicants. This sets us up able to solve labor shortage challenges while at the same time saving a new, exciting and potentially life-changing opportunity for applicants to develop personally and professionally. ”
I think that means the answer is “yes”. But whatever it is, if the trend is already there, it’s not great. Only 2.5 percent of Indeed jobs in May indicated equitable employment prospects. It is higher from 1.9 percent in May 2019, but still a small percentage.
However, the appointment battle means employers may be willing to overlook more than one criminal history – there are also signs of a growing interest in people without formal qualifications.
In Canada, which has the highest vacancy rates of any OECD country, separate research by Indeed last month showed that 78 percent of employers were open to appointing candidates without a relevant degree or university degree. And 37 percent said they would sacrifice the requirement for years of experience. Similar trends have emerged in other countries.
“We have definitely seen a relinquishment of experience and qualifications,” said Chris Gray, director of recruitment firm Man Power Group in the UK.
He explained that employers only hire people who meet 60 percent of the job requirements, and then train them over a period of three to six months. For example, a public sector employer looking for an IT expert to work on a digital project might now be willing to hire someone with private-sector experience only.
According to Gray, the growing interest in people with a criminal record is not clear in the UK. But employers are certainly looking for workers with so-called “soft skills”, such as a willingness to learn and the ability to handle pressure, as well as formal qualifications that are widely accepted in their respective sectors.
This reflects what Indeed researchers found in Canada, where nearly 80 percent of employers said they value hiring candidates who are open to learning, rather than basing their hiring on first-hand experience alone.
Again, this can be good news for social mobility in which people move from one level to another. Will it continue? Who knows at a time when fears are mounting that a recession will unleash even more disturbing shifts in the labor market. But if these difficult times can also bring some hopeful change, it’s not a bad thing at all.

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