A survey of 100 REC members discovered 95 per cent are “fearful” or “unsure” about opting for disabled workers.
Ongoing work under the Recruitment Industry Disability Initiative (RIDI) has had some impact, with 28 per cent of members believing their clients are more open to candidates with disabilities, and three per cent of recruiters had found more companies actively seeking diverse candidates.
However, two per cent did express concern that the number of job opportunities for disabled people has worsened rather than improved in recent months.
Kate Headley, chair of the judging panel at the RIDI, said: “While it’s encouraging that there has been a marginal increase in companies requesting more diverse candidate shortlists, it is clear that there remains a lack of awareness and understanding around disability throughout the business community.
“The fact is that despite their best intentions, many employers, recruiters and HR professionals simply don’t know where to begin when it comes to becoming more inclusive to disabled talent – or are just afraid of getting it ‘wrong’.”