New Data on the Accessibility of Online Job Applications
View the full report: eRecruiting & Accessibility: Is HR Technology Hurting Your Bottom Line?
PEAT surveyed people with disabilities nationwide who had recently applied for a job online. The results identified critical accessibility problems with typical eRecruiting practices—issues that may exclude 1 out of every 5 candidates from consideration.
Based on this research, PEAT built TalentWorks, a series of tools, resources, and leading practices to help employers leverage accessible technology to recruit and hire the best talent.
2015 eRecruiting and Accessible Technology Survey*
- I am blind or visually impaired 10%
- I am Deaf or hard of hearing 26%
- I have physical and/or motor disabilities 21%
- I have cognitive and/or intellectual disabilities 29%
- Other 14%
Top eRecruiting Accessibility Issues
- Complex navigation
- Timeout restrictions
- Lack of video captioning
- No alternative text for images
- Poor screen contrast
- Inaccessible form fields
- Mouse-only input option
46% rated their last experience applying for a job online as "difficult to impossible". Of those 9% were unable to complete the application and 24% required assistance.
Of those applicants using employer-provided "technical assistance", 42% were able to complete the application and 58% were not able to complete the application.
67% have been asked to complete pre-employment assessments or testing for a job opportunity.
Is eRecruiting optimized for all devices?
56% have searched for a job on a mobile device and/or tablet but only...
28% applied for a job this way
50% used social media to search for jobs
40% experienced accessibility or usability issues with social media
22% used social media like LinkedIn to apply for a job