New data has found that many companies are struggling to source disabled talent – with 70% not knowing where to look.
In response, The Recruitment Industry Disability Initiative (RIDI) has launched RIDI 100 – a directory of recruitment service providers which are committed to the inclusion of disabled jobseekers.
Hoggett Bowers, an executive search firm who recruit for seniuor hires, has been confirmed as the first partner.
Karen Wilson, CEO of Hoggett Bowers, RIDI’s commented on why the recruitment firm signed up to the RIDI scheme.
She said: “As Hoggett Bowers, we have been active supporters of the D&I initiative for many years, having worked with some major organisations to help them face challenges as early as the mid 1990’s. We are delighted to be the first RIDI 100 partner; we are also actively participating with The Clear Company as Clear Assured Foundation members.”
Kate Headley, spokesperson for RIDI and subject matter expert, added that recruitment can play a starring role in helping firms find the talent they need.
She added: “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.”