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Despite the fact that 73% of firms say they are facing skills shortages, just 53% actively seek and welcome disabled jobseekers.

That is according to a survey of 392 employers undertaken by Intelligent Resource, a Partner organisation of Business Disability Forum (BDF). The survey is the first stage of a wider research project.

In addition, 75% of businesses admit that disabled applicants face barriers when job hunting, with online applications and assessments, face-to-face interviews and telephone interviews flagged as the stages where challenges are most often faced (identified by 44%, 38% and 31% respectively).

The findings come at a time when the employment rate for working age disabled people sits at just 52%. For individuals without disabilities, this figure stands at 81.5%.

Sara Wright, Quality Assurance Manager and Inclusion Lead for Intelligent Resource commented, “Hiring people with disabilities is often seen as the ‘right thing to do’ – but the business benefits associated with disability inclusion should not be underestimated.

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“Organisations that fail to engage with this community are missing out on a highly-skilled talent pool. In fact, according to recent research by Accenture, companies which champion disabled talent enjoy 28% higher revenues than those which don’t.

“While our research clearly indicates that some employers could be doing more to support disabled individuals, the fact that many are monitoring levels of inclusion – and seeking external support – suggests a widespread appetite to address this.”

Diane Lightfoot, CEO at Business Disability Forum, added, “One in five people have a disability and most people acquire their disability when they are of working age. Yet, the percentage of disabled people in employment remains far below the national average.

“External recruitment providers have a vital role to play in promoting disabled talent and supporting employers to remove the barriers that many candidates face when seeking and securing employment.”

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