For Employers

The Challenge

There is a nationwide talent shortage in the U.K. and employers are looking for innovative ways to attract and retain talent in order to upskill their team and offer the best service to their customers.

Many employers are now actively recruiting people with criminal convictions and others are keen to consider this untapped labour market. Yet, accessing that talent or finding out more about the process can be quite difficult. Offploy supports employers through a four step journey to benefit from recruiting people with criminal convictions.

For companies of all sizes

Offploy has supplied staff to a range of corporate and PLC organisations including the likes of Greggs and DHL as well as small to medium sized organisations such as Intertech Construction and family sandwich shops.

For businesses looking for their first employee or their 250th hire, Offploy can support you to find that next great candidate.

We support all businesses who hire from us with a dedicated Social Account Manager who will be with you every step of the way, from discussing the process with your team members right through to mentoring you and your next hire for at least six months. We are currently supporting a range of national clients through our employer journey to:

  • Create their policies compliant with GDPR and the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.

  • Devise and implement a national or local recruitment and mentoring strategy.

  • Produce social impact reports for investor reports, supply chain audits and client engagement.

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“I wanted to take the opportunity to say what a positive outcome Offploy have had with one of our clients. This chap was a long-term drug user, homeless and had an offending history longer than both my arms! We worked with him to address his drug use and found him secure accommodation, and then Offploy stepped in and supported him back into employment. After 3 short weeks he has been offered permanent employment. His employers explained to me that they plan to train him to operate all the heavy plant machines and he LOVES it there. He now has a group of work mates to socialise with and is going from strength to strength.”

Dawn Law, Caseworker
Julian House

Industry Sectors


Agriculture & Food

Agriculture and Food is one of the main sectors expected to be affected by Brexit. This covers everything from requiring skilled butchers to motivated individuals with the proper food safety training to work with food in a factory environment.

Working with our chosen Gangmaster’s and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA) licensed partners Offploy can support your organisation to understand criminal convictions, set briefs for your recruitment partners (or our recommended ones who actively hire people with criminal convictions) and mentor any of your employed candidates to ensure sustainable employment.  

Recruitment Organisations

Recruitment organisations must innovate to stay ahead of competitors and provide the talent their clients require as soon as they need it.

It is a constant battle to find those gems of candidates who may be looking to work in a high volume recruitment sector and those with specialist skill sets that aren’t already employed. Many recruitment agencies are now recognising the value of socially excluded people including the over 50s, long-term unemployed and those with criminal convictions.

Understanding the legalities of disclosing convictions to clients, where to find people with criminal convictions without asking the wrong questions

and even convincing your employers to consider this avenue can be a complex and daunting process.

Offploy supports recruitment partners to prepare their teams and clients for interviewing and employing people with convictions. We create a talent pipeline from our partners in prisons, probation and job centres and have advised the REC on their most recent employment guidelines.

If you are a recruitment organisation that would like to explore supplying people with criminal convictions to your employers, contact our recruitment partner team on 0113 457 5202

“We have never found a fault with Offploy’s policies and procedures and even the way Offploy have held candidates back from interview with us if they did not think they were ready. I think the fact Offploy can make that call to ensure their candidates are ready rather than a ‘yes/no’ category is a great thing to have. I think the service that you do is great and I wish you every luck and continued support.”

Emma, National on-site recruitment partner