RPC becomes latest firm to sign up for ‘contextual recruitment’

Mid-sized firm RPC has become the latest firm to sign up for diversity organisation Rare Recruitment’s Contextual Recruitment System (CRS).

It becomes the 13th law firm to introduce the tool to its recruitment processes, following in the wake of the entire magic circle last month. Ashurst, Baker & McKenzie, Herbert Smith Freehills, Hogan Lovells, Macfarlanes, Norton Rose Fulbright and Travers Smith are also using it, as is professional services firm Deloitte.

The CRS compares the economic and social circumstances of applicants. It uses information from two Rare databases, one containing the exam results of 3,500 English secondary schools and sixth form colleges and the other contains 2.5 million UK postcodes.

It then fuses this information and candidates’ responses together to produce contextual data on every candidate.

RPC graduate recruitment partner Simon Hart said: “Rare will allow us to look far beyond what a more traditional recruitment process might be able to tell us about someone’s past achievements and future potential. It will help us to spot exciting talent we might otherwise have missed, and ensure we build an even richer and more diverse population at RPC. It’s a fantastic tool and will bring a hugely valuable additional perspective to the way we recruit our people.”