To find the best talent for a role, you need to attract as wide a pool of applicants as possible.
Considering diversity when recruiting can reap numerous benefits for you as an organisation, both creatively and commercially.
See the Acas Guide Prevent discrimination: Support Equality for more information on the business case for considering diversity when recruiting.
In any recruitment process, there should be fair competition from beginning to end. The net should be cast as wide as possible during the recruitment phase, and the selection process should have mechanisms in place to reduce the effects of unconscious bias.
Together with the EHRC, Ofcom launched a brochure: Thinking outside the box: Supporting the television broadcasting industry to increase diversity (PDF, 4.1 MB). This document provides guidance for the television broadcasting sector on what actions can lawfully be taken to increase diversity in the industry, and aims to tackle some of the misunderstandings industry told us they had about what equality law prohibits and permits.
Here are some other practical steps you can take to ensure you have a fair recruitment process which will attract as diverse a range of applicants as possible.