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News: November 2016
Rare's Contextual Recruitment System helps solve social mobility problem according to government report


The 2016 State of the Nation report, written by the Social Mobility Commission, named Rare’s Contextual Recruitment System (CRS) as a part of the solution to Britain’s social mobility problem. 

The report includes the findings of Rare’s most recent research report, which showed that applicants from disadvantaged backgrounds were 50 per cent more likely to be hired using the CRS than they otherwise would have been. 

Identifying factors that contribute to Britain’s ‘deep rooted social mobility problem’, the report makes a series of recommendations to government, covering issues such as parenting, education and careers. 

An extract of the report follows.  To read it in full, click here.

State of the Nation 2016: Social Mobility in Great Britan

“Top law firms including magic circle firms have also signed up to a contextual recruitment tool known as the Contextualised Recruitment System (CRS) to ensure a greater diversity of backgrounds at entry level. The tool analyses social mobility by comparing the economic and social circumstances of applicants using two databases: one contains the exam results of 3,500 English secondary schools and sixth form colleges; and the other contains 2.5 million UK postcodes. Firms can then fairly assess applicants’ performance in the context of the performance of their school and their socioeconomic background. Research on its impact so far has found that while average grades of the applicants and those hired was still AAA at A Level, disadvantaged applicants were 50 per cent more likely to be hired using the CRS than they otherwise would have been.”



Keywords: social mobility, CRS, contextual recruitment, contextual data, recruitment tool, Clifford Chance, State of the Nation