I feel we have to live in the Real World. Society, which, (including employers), discriminate against people with Convictions. This is because they are allowed to. There is no offence under Law for employers not to employ someone for having a conviction. Until this is challenged and changed this will not change and the majority of employers will not take people with convictions on.
There are a small minority of employers who will, but these are few and far between.
Until people with convictions come under the Equality Act 2010, we will be continually be discriminated against, even though we have rehabilitated and moved on from our offending. Employers when they see the box ticked yes, will I believe disregard the application, even though that person has rehabilitated and will be a good employee.
Also if people with convictions came under the Equality Act 2010, the unspent box would have to disappear from all job applications, as that would be classed as discrimination.
What we have to do as people with convictions is get together and campaign, together we are not a small voice.