Fact 1:Financial incentives played a critical role in employers’ decision of hiring people with disabilities, especially for smaller businesses.
Fact 2:Employers demonstrated having a preference of disability type when hiring individuals with disabilities, with physical disabilities being the most preferred.
Fact 3:Employers that have collaborated with disability service agencies are more likely to hire people with disabilities.
Fact 4:Company characteristics such as size, industry, and values are predictors of employer’s likelihood of hiring people with disabilities.
Fact 5:Employer practices such as focusing on applicant’s qualities, conducting mock interviews with people with disabilities and appropriate job-person match have been demonstrated to be effective in increasing the hiring of people with disabilities.
External Influences on Hiring Practices
- Employer education and training
- Financial incentives
- Legislative influence
- Work with disability service agency
Internal Influences on Hiring Practices
- Company characteristics
- Previous experience in hiring or working with persons with disabilities
- Preference for disability type
- Specific employer practices
Fact 6:Employer’s understanding of legislation is a vital factor in their decision in hiring people with disabilities.
- Andersson, J., Luthra, R., Hurtig, P., & Tideman, M. (2015). Employer attitudes toward hiring persons with disabilities: A vignette study in Sweden. Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, 43, 41-50.
- Araten-Bergman, T. (2016). Managers’ hiring intentions and the actual hiring of qualified workers with disabilities. The International Journal of Human Resource Management, 27(14), 1510-1530.