29 June 2016
Disabled workers still face employment challenges
The vast majority of employers still have doubts when it comes to recruiting disabled workers, the results of a new survey suggest.
Just over two thirds (67%) of the recruiters questioned say firms are still "fearful" of taking on disabled employees.
A further 28% say while clients are now open to being more inclusive, they are still not sure about how to be so.
Only a tiny proportion (3%) of those surveyed, meanwhile, say employers are actively calling on recruiters to provide more diversity among candidates.
The survey was carried out by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC). The trade body for the recruitment industry asked more than 100 of its members about their clients' attitudes to hiring candidates with disabilities.
Kate Headley chairs the Recruitment Industry Disability Initiative Awards judging panel. She says the research highlights the need to carry on raising awareness among employers - including small businesses - recruiters and HR professionals about the support that is available and the benefits of hiring disabled employees.