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France's largest temporary employment group has decided to open a new agency, which will be dedicated 100% to people with disabilities, Le Figaro reports.
Adecco France President, Francois Davy, said "companies have difficulties in finding people with disabilities who are qualified. We want to make things easier for them."
Bruce Roch, Adecco Director for Innovation and Diversity, said "this is a real experiment for us and it will allow us to see if our new approach responds to the candidates' needs. At the moment people with disabilities are serviced from our standard Adecco agencies."
According to recent research carried out by handicap.fr called 'Emploi et Handicap' (Employment and Disabilities), 50% of French companies do not employ anybody with disabilities at all even though the law obliges all companies with more than 20 employees to have a quota of 6% of staff with disabilities.
Where companies don't comply, the government imposes fines which are going to go up considerably in 2010.
The main problem for employers is that, in many cases, the qualifications of candidates with disabilities do not correspond to their job profiles. The other aspect is that a number of people with disabilities have decided that they are not able to carry out a professional activity and 'auto censor' themselves out of the market.