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99p theft sparks twenty years of recruitment struggles

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99p theft sparks twenty years of recruitment struggles

The reported experiences of a candidate with a criminal record for stealing a 99p book has raised further questions about whether jobseekers should have to disclose their criminal records during the recruitment process.

Writing anonymously in The Guardian, the individual recounts: “Twenty years ago, I made two mistakes. First, I was caught stealing a book worth 99p – then I compounded this by missing an appointment before a magistrate.

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Comments (1)

  • Adam
    Wed, 6 Feb 2019 1:18pm GMT
    I think it depends on what the convictions are for and how long ago they were. Both those would have been spent years ago and the theft would typically be dealt with by a caution from a chief inspector. If they are for small petty offences and the candidate hasn't re-offended in the last 3 years or so then I would be against disclosure.

    However if they within the last 3 years, were serious enough to warrant imprisonment, a suspended sentence or were for sexual or violent crimes then I would expect disclosure to continue and relevant risk assessments taken to decide whether a hire should take place.

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