Are Recruiters Missing Out On Neurodiverse Talent?
Posted 18th December 2018 in News For Businesses
Recruiters may be overlooking candidates with high potential due to a lack of understanding over neurodiverse conditions such as autism, dyslexia, dyspraxia, epilepsy, and other brain function and behavioural traits, according to a new study.
The UK’s Forgotten Talent study, conducted by Recruitment Events in association with the Resourcing Leaders IOO (RLIOO) group, discovered that only 22% of organisations studied have reviewed their recruitment process to ensure they are inclusive of neurodiverse applicants, with only 17% of respondents saying that candidates were interviewed with neurodiversity in mind.
“Neurodiversity” refers to the spectrum of difference in individual brain function and behavioural traits, including conditions such as autism, epilepsy, dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia, and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
76% of the study’s respondents reported that managers are unaware of neurodiversity, and have not undergone training in supporting a neurodiverse team.
However, 81% of respondents felt that neurodivergent candidates represented a “largely untapped, high potential talent pool”.