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Rare launches Contextual Recruitment System Australia

Rare has introduced its Contextual Recruitment System (CRS) into the Australian market in partnership with international law firm Allens, an alliance partner of Linklaters. This marks the first international use of contextual data in graduate recruitment processes.

Today sees the launch in Sydney of the Contextual Recruitment System Australia (CRSA), a unique tool that enables businesses to view a candidate in context by offering a more complete picture of the candidate's background. This includes considerations such as socio-economic background, educational experience and performance.

The definition and measurement of socio-economic disadvantage is already at the centre of UK policy. The recent Cabinet Office consultation, announced by Minister for Cabinet Office and Paymaster General, Matt Hancock, stated that the government are seeking to define socio-economic disadvantage, in order to improve social mobility in the UK.  

Led by UK universities in their use of contextual data in admissions processes, Rare has been tackling the issue of measurement for years. In 2013, Rare’s research report, Social Mobility in Graduate Recruitment, outlined the defining principles for the use of contextual data in graduate recruitment.

After two years of research and collaboration with world-class universities and elite global employers, Rare launched its Contextual Recruitment System, which has already been adopted by 27 employers in less than a year. Today’s launch is its first move into international markets.

Since its launch in the UK, the CRS has proven that understanding the context of a candidates achievements makes a difference; a study of 54,000 applications and 671 hires showed that firms using contextual data had an increase of 50% in the number of people they hire from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Raphael Mokades, Managing Director of Rare, said the Australian professional services market was an ideal fit for the CRS.

‘We have partnered with Allens in order to adapt the CRS for Australia, using local data and research.  While blind CV assessment has operated in this market for some time, the CRS brings an additional layer to candidate assessment, giving businesses another lens through which to view applicants and identify high performers.’

Raphael Mokades said that increasing workforce diversity is a win-win for both graduates and business.
'The CRS has a positive impact on firm culture and performance, identifying individuals with high levels of resilience and motivation and with diverse experiences and insights.  At the same time, it highlights outstanding graduates who may not have been identified using traditional screening methods but have a lot to offer an employer'.

'Graduate recruitment is highly competitive and having a sophisticated tool that allows our recruitment teams to see candidates on a level playing field will help ensure Allens continues to recruit the brightest and most promising law graduates,' said Miriam Stiel, Partner responsible for graduate recruitment at Allens in Sydney.

Following its launch, Rare will be actively marketing the tool across the Australian professional services sector, aiming to build on its British success.

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