Recruitment and disabled people

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Job specifications

The job specification (or ‘person requirements’) of a vacancy must not exclude disabled people from applying for a job.

However, some jobs may have an essential requirement that cannot be met with a reasonable adjustment.


A vacancy for a van driver says the person must be able to drive. This might exclude some disabled people, but it is an essential part of the job.

A company advertises a job with occasional travel necessary. The person could go by train so the company should not say that the person needs a driving licence.

If you reject a disabled candidate, it must be based on their performance at interview rather than having to make reasonable adjustments.