Recruiters urged to use expertise to help close disability employment gap

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According to APSCo, recruiters must utilise their skills to drive change and help to close the disability employment gap.

Latest data has revealed that the disability employment gap has only decreased by seven per cent over the last 20 years.

As a result, the Association of Professional Staffing Companies(APSCo) is calling on recruiters to leverage their expertise to help close the disability employment gap.

In its analysis of recruitment trends from the last two decades, the APSCo found that engaging disabled workers is far behind where it should be, with the government’s target to reduce the gap to 16% by 2020 in potential jeopardy.

Ann Swain, Chief Executive Officer of APSCo, commented on the analysis, “Although it’s good to see some improvement in closing the disability employment gap, this analysis has highlighted how far we have to go until true equality is achieved in recruitment, and there is no one better placed than recruiters to help steer employers in creating a more diverse and inclusive workforce.

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“Addressing this will not only benefit businesses and candidates, but recruiters too. With skill shortages prevalent in almost every industry, increasing talent pools can massively impact productivity. We must work together to quickly close this gap, and ensure everyone has access to high-quality and rewarding jobs.”

Swain added, “Recruiters must recognise the role they play in helping to eradicate existing stigmas and promoting changes in workplace infrastructure to support all employees. By flattening obstacles, allowing flexibility and highlighting the importance of a diverse and inclusive workforce, we can create a fairer recruitment process and more job opportunities for all.”

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