Equitas, one of the UK’s first voice-led interview software providers, has secured funding through the UK’s innovation agency, Innovate UK. With COVID-19 pushing healthcare providers to consider a new normal, Equitas has received funding to provide a new innovative digital-first recruitment process for the sector across the UK and Ireland.
Co-founder of Equitas, Michael Blakley, commented:
“The coronavirus pandemic has shaken the world’s economy, and healthcare providers are not impervious to this. As we look forward to next year, and beyond, hiring managers are going to be under increased pressure to ensure their services and staffing levels are not impacted by these external pressures. They need to do this whilst ensuring that they continue to build a diverse and inclusive workforce that best represents the communities in which they work.”
Equitas has developed revolutionary interview software to address the challenge of bias in the recruitment industry using a digital first approach. The flagship product offers a best practice approach to interviewing, facilitating an evidence-based decision making and automating key parts of the interview process to reduce the cognitive load of interviewers in order to reduce bias.
The funding from Innovate UK has been awarded with the following objectives:
- Deploy remote interview software to allow a smooth transition to remote hiring within the healthcare sector throughout the Covid-19 pandemic
- Integrate with key softwares currently used by healthcare providers to manage the hiring process, allowing quick adoption within the sector
- Development of a “Future of Work” interview framework for the healthcare sector as they transition into new ways of working and need new methods to assess candidates
- Begin tracking diversity statistics through the interview process to ensure fair hiring practices and help to improve the diversity of workforces within the sector.
Equitas has built strategy partnerships with HR Technology providers in the healthcare industry over the last 12 months who are preferred suppliers and clients of the Health Service Executive in Ireland, Scottish Care and Care England. This funding is to focus initially on two hospital groups in Ireland and the UK and with two further care home groups based in Scotland before being rolled out more widely.