By Jacqueline Davidson
This report presents findings from a qualitative study concerned with exploring the recruitment decisions of employers in small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the UK and how these might relate to the employment of disabled people.
Data for the study was generated with 30 SME employers. The methods used included in-depth interviews with employers before and after they had made their recruitment decision, focus groups with, and follow-up telephone interviews with, a selection of employers.
The findings highlight the factors influencing the recruitment decisions of SME employers, their attitudes and experiences of employing disabled people and their perceptions of the validity of arguments for employing disabled people. The report concludes with a discussion of the policy implications which arise from the findings.