A Qualitative Study Exploring Employers' Recruitment Behaviour and Decisions: Small and medium enterprises

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This report presents findings from a qualitative study concerned with exploring the recruitment behaviour and decisions of employers in small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the UK, and how these might relate to the employment of disabled people. Despite the prevalence of SMEs in the UK economy, relatively little is known about these behaviours.
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.

Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationSheffield
PublisherDepartment for Work and Pensions
Number of pages86
ISBN (Print)9781847129895
Publication statusPublished - 2011

Publication series

NameDepartment for Work and Pensions Research Report


  • employers
  • Decision Making
  • small and medium enterprises
  • Disability

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