Recruitment firms failing to tap into talent pool of disabled people

Recruitment firms failing to tap into talent pool of disabled people

Recruitment firms should take the lead when it comes to recognising disabled people as an untapped talent pool.

That is according to the Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo) who has released a best practise guide for recruitment firms about how to hire disabled people.

Ann Swain is the Chief Executive Officer at APSCo. She said: “We want the role of the recruitment profession to be that of a catalyst for change in creating a level of confidence when it comes to the recruitment of disabled talent.

“Our client base – and UK plc is talent short – and yet so many organisations – because they are time short and under pressure – look at recruiting the same old people from the same old places.”

The guide has been developed in conjunction with Business Disability Forum (BDF) and sponsored by EY. It offers practical tips and expert advice on how recruiters can best engage with disabled talent.

“It is the same as hiring Canadian people – some of them can do the job!” Susan Scott-Parker OBE, Founder and Honorary Vice President of BDF said at the launch of the guide. “Disabled people are often excluded from employment not because organisations don’t want to recruit and develop disabled talent, but because recruitment processes, partners and suppliers inadvertently places barrier in the way.”

Iain Wilkie is Senior Partner at EY. He explained that companies had much to win by hiring disabled talent. He said: “People with autism are strong at problem solving – just one of the reasons that GCHQ is keen to recruit them.

“Those with mobility issues are often good at coming up with creative solutions, many people with hearing impediments develop an invaluable ability to ready body language while stammers are often recognised as great listeners. Why shouldn’t you want people with these skills in your business?”

The guide is one of several moves to improve the hiring of disabled people. 

The Government recently announced its plan of creating a Hidden Impairments Specialist Team to improve the hiring of people with autism. 

Geri Bowie is the Business Development Manager for Action on Disability and Work UK. She recently offered her five tops tips on what recruiters should keep in mind whilst hiring people with disabilities.

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