Almost three quarters of employers struggle to know where to source disabled talent and just 11% feel ‘confident’ in knowing where to find candidates with a disability.
That’s according to a new survey which has sparked the launch of a directory of recruitment service providers which are committed to the inclusion of disabled jobseekers.
Some mobility dealers have said that it is easier for a customer buying mobility equipment to relate to staff who use a wheelchair themselves.
A handful of dealer bosses say that having wheelchair users in their ranks helps business and that empathy with customers is ‘one of the biggest advantages’.
The Recruitment Industry Disability Initiative (RIDI)’s new service, called RIDI 100 enables inclusive recruiters to have year-round association with RIDI at an entry level cost.
Benefits include being able to use the RIDI 100 partner logo in brand collateral, being searchable on the RIDI website, invitations to select events throughout the year and preferential rates with RIDI partner organisations.
Established in 2011, RIDI is a not for profit organisation which is working to remove the barriers that disabled individuals face when seeking employment.
Kate Headley, spokesperson for RIDI and subject matter expert, said: “RIDI has one purpose: to break down the barriers faced by the millions of disabled people who are entering or progressing through the job market.
“We have long known that businesses, while open to hiring disabled individuals, often feel that they ‘don’t know where to start’ when it comes to engaging with disabled candidates.
“However, our latest research underlines the fact that many hiring managers simply don’t know where to turn to even access this valuable talent pool. By creating a dedicated directory of Disability Confident recruiters, we believe we can help businesses to overcome this crucial hurdle.
“As a non-profit organisation, the continued success of RIDI has always relied on support from our generous sponsors and partners.
“However, the launch of RIDI 100 offers an even greater number of inclusive recruitment businesses to not only affiliate themselves with our mission to boost the representation of disabled people in the workforce, but also become visible to businesses which are specifically seeking disability confident providers.”