- There are about 200,000 vacant positions in Australia at any given time
- For every unfilled role, there are less than three people actively looking for work
- Almost 200,000 workers retire each year – this number is steadily increasing
Cost effectiveness of employing people with disabilityThere are several key ways in which the cost-effectiveness of your business can be increased by employing people with disability.
- Research shows that people with disability stay in one job for longer, have fewer workplace accidents, and are absent from work less often than their colleagues
- When companies make recruitment and selection processes barrier-free, they widen the talent pool and ensure they choose the best person for the job
- You will also reduce the risk of claims of unlawful discrimination against your company.
A diverse workplace can increase customer loyalty and satisfaction. One in five Australians has a disability: this includes your clients and customers. Having employees with disability can help you understand the needs of clients with disability, and give you a competitive edge.
Statistics at a glance:
- 90% of employers of people with disability said they would be happy to continue to do so
- The average recruitment cost of a person with disability is just 13% of that of a person without a disability
- 90% of employees with disability have average or superior productivity rates
- 98% have average or superior safety records
- 86% have average or superior attendance records
Graffam, Shinkfield, Smith & Polzin. “Employer Benefits and Costs of Employing a Person with a Disability.” Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation 17, 2002