The case for employing autistic people

Why hire autistic staff?

A 2019 report revealed that 68% of UK employers struggle to find the right workers. Meanwhile, rough estimates show that 16% of autistic adults are currently in full time, paid employment. Although this number is a vast underestimate at best, it is still clear that the majority of autistic people are not a part of the workforce. There is a clear gap here but companies are increasingly recognising that committing to working towards a more diverse and inclusive workplace is critical to success. Tapping into the talent pool of neurodivergent people is one of the ways to start. By increasing diversity and inclusion, a company will not only attract valuable employees, but also expand its customer base and enhance the company’s reputation. Employing autistic people will add value to and benefit your workplace whilst improving your management skills.