As the digital revolution continues to evolve, Artificial Intelligence (AI) has emerged as a groundbreaking innovation in various fields, including recruitment with many start-ups such as Gigged.AI coming onto the scene. The integration of AI, particularly Large Language Models (LLMs), has led to a significant shift in recruitment practices, offering new possibilities for efficiency and effectiveness. However, these advancements are not without challenges. Among the most prominent are ethical concerns surrounding the use of AI in recruitment and AI Ethics.

The Rise of AI in Recruitment

Over the past few years, AI’s role in recruitment has grown significantly. It’s used to automate tasks, analyse large sets of data, screen candidates, schedule interviews, and much more. AI helps save time and resources, allowing human recruiters to focus on strategic tasks that require a personal touch. However, this heavy reliance on technology has ignited an important discussion about AI ethics. Something we take very seriously at Gigged.AI.

Ethical Concerns in AI Recruitment


Bias, especially unconscious bias, is an issue prevalent in various human activities, including recruitment. Even though AI is designed to be objective, it may inadvertently perpetuate biases present in the training data. For example, if the AI model was trained with data favouring a particular gender, race, or age, it could unintentionally influence the hiring process.


Transparency is crucial in the recruitment process. If candidates are unaware that AI is being used, they may feel misled or uncomfortable. It’s essential for organisations to openly communicate about the use of AI in recruitment, ensuring candidates understand how decisions are being made.

Data Privacy

LLMs require substantial amounts of data to operate optimally, often including sensitive personal information. Ensuring this data is securely stored and not misused is a top priority. Data breaches can lead to significant damage, including financial losses and tarnished reputation. Many CISO’s have taken the directive to ban companies sharing any information on Bard and ChatGPT.


The rise of AI in recruitment risks making the process feel impersonal. Human interaction and feedback are vital in recruitment, allowing candidates to connect with their potential employers. An AI, regardless of its sophistication, cannot fully replicate the nuanced understanding and emotional intelligence of a human recruiter.

Job Displacement

There’s growing concern that AI’s increased presence in recruitment could result in job losses in the sector. While AI can automate certain tasks, the need for human input and judgement remains vital.

Legal & Regulatory Compliance

Laws and regulations such as the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity laws govern hiring practices. AI models must be designed and implemented in a way that complies with these guidelines to prevent potential legal issues. The UK government  published its plan earlier this year for AI regulation.

Reliability & Accountability

Should an AI system in the recruitment process, accountability becomes an issue. If an AI system overlooks a promising candidate, who bears the responsibility? This question raises significant concerns about the use of AI in recruitment. This is a question which will come up many times in the future.

Addressing Ethical Concerns

To address these ethical concerns, it’s essential that AI is used responsibly and in conjunction with human decision-making. Companies should adopt transparent AI practices, implement bias mitigation strategies, and prioritise data privacy. Moreover, human oversight should always be maintained to ensure AI doesn’t overlook a promising candidate or misinterpret data.

Join Our Webinar

To delve further into these important topics, join our webinar on the 24th of August at 2 pm (UK time) featuring Mhairi Aitken, the Ethics Fellow at The Alan Turing Institute. She will provide a deeper understanding of AI ethics in recruitment, exploring potential solutions to these ethical issues, and how we can move towards a more responsible use of AI in recruitment.

With these insights, companies can not only navigate the ethical landscape of AI in recruitment but also leverage its capabilities to enhance their recruitment process. By doing so, they can ensure a fair, efficient.