Most jobseekers think online job applications should be more accessible and inclusive Most jobseekers think online job applications should be more accessible and inclusive

Most jobseekers think online job applications should be more accessible and inclusive

Posted on: by Alison Wilson

By Morgan Lobb, CEO of VERCIDA

Nearly seven out of ten jobseekers (69%) think that employers and recruiters should make online job applications more accessible for disabled people.

That’s according to the results of a new survey of 112 jobseekers carried out by Recite Me and VERCIDA in March 2018.

The results also show that just one in three jobseekers (33%) think that employers and recruiters currently do a good job of making online job applications accessible for disabled people.

These findings echo those of the 2017 RIDI candidate survey of 200 jobseekers with disabilities conducted by The Recruitment Industry Disability Initiative (RIDI) in partnership with VERCIDA.

The new survey we ran last month also shows that only 26% of jobseekers think that employers and recruiters do a good job of making online job applications inclusive for people who don’t speak English as their first language.

And nearly half of jobseekers (47%) think employers and recruiters should do more to make online job applications inclusive for people who don’t speak English as their first language.

These results may be surprising to some but at VERCIDA we understand how important it is for our online diversity and inclusion recruitment platform to be accessible and inclusive.

VERCIDA is a highly accessible web platform having completed a 60 hour audit by the Shaw Trust ensuing even those with mobility, visual impairments or dyslexia can access the site.

We also use Recite Me’s accessibility and language toolbar on our website to further help disabled people and those who don’t speak English as their first language to access online job applications.

And 10% of jobseekers who took our recent joint-survey think that the Recite Me accessibility and language toolbar has helped them to access job adverts and applications on VERCIDA by supporting their disability access needs.

I’m very pleased to be able to say that because it shows how valuable the toolbar is for jobseekers who use VERCIDA.

However, the results of the survey also show that employers and recruiters must do a better job and making online job applications more accessible and inclusive.

And to do that there’s no better place to start than by talking to the team at Recite Me.

Try Recite Me for yourself with a free demo

100’s of organisations already use Recite Me to make their websites more accessible and inclusive – book your free demo now or call on 0191 4328092 for to find out more.

If you are an employer and interested in working with VERCIDA to promote your diversity and inclusion initiatives and attract the best candidates, please call 02037405973 or email info@vercida.com for more information.

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