Recruiting and Retaining Persons with Disabilities

Recruiting and Retaining Persons with Disabilities

Recruiting and Retaining Persons with Disabilities In British Columbia*

INTRODUCTION

What Every Employer Needs to Know Leadership, partnership and action is the key to success . . .

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Persons with disabilities are a major source of human capital that is largely being overlooked in British Columbia. In fact, British Columbia employers who do not recruit persons with disabilities are eliminating almost 300,000 people from the provincial talent pool.

This oversight is often due to a misunderstanding about the capabilities and potential of persons with disabilities. Despite employers’ concerns, however, research shows that persons with disabilities are work-competent, reliable, and hard-working individuals.

According to recent studies:

90% of persons with disabilities rated average or better on job performance than their non-disabled colleagues.

86% of persons with disabilities rated average or better on attendance.

98% of persons with disabilities rated average or better in work safety than their non-disabled colleagues.

90% of employers had no change in their insurance costs when they employed persons with disabilities.

*This document was produced by The Minister’s Council on Employment for Persons with Disabilities of BC.

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