Innovative Practice 2021 on Inclusive Employment and ICT

Online job recruitment platform for people with disabilities

Egalite Inclusion & Diversity is a Brazilian social business that has developed an online recruitment platform, incorporating a behavioural profile evaluation tool and free e-learning courses adapted for persons with disabilities. The platform uses an algorithm to calculate the best opportunity for each candidate, based on location, education, salary, expertise, and behavioural profile. From 2015 to 2019, Egalite has helped to employ over 7,000 persons with disabilities in 19 states in Brazil.

“Thanks to Egalite I have a job, was promoted, and I see myself as like everyone else.”

About the practice at a glance
Name of Innovative Practice:Egalite Inclusion & Diversity
Organisation:Egalite Inclusion & Diversity
Country
of Implementation
Brazil
Start Year2015
Sub-CategoryA project related to ICT

FACTS & FIGURES

  • The average wage of people recruited through the platform is 120 percent higher than minimum wage when including benefits
  • Egalite currently has 60,000 candidate profiles in its database

PROBLEMS TARGETED

Brazilian law requires companies of a certain size to hire persons with disabilities, but stigma, lack of access, and poor hiring practices limit the number of people employed.

SOLUTION, INNOVATION, AND IMPACT

Egalite’s online platform prepares, recruits, and evaluates candidates with disabilities. The platform offers free e-learning courses in interview skills, public speaking, and other skills. Candidates also complete a behavioural profile. This generates one of 3,125 possible profiles, which is then combined with the platform’s job search algorithm, taking into account location, education, and other factors.
Brazilian law requires companies with over 100 employees to include a percentage of people with disabilities in its workforce, and companies that do not comply with the law are required to pay a fine. Consequently, there is a significant demand for the matchmaking service offered by Egalite.
The website has various accessibility features, such as compatible screen readers, and also offers sign language. Candidates recruited through the Egalite platform have an average annual income 76 per cent higher than the minimum wage (120 per cent, when benefits are included). Egalite currently has 60,000 candidates in its database.

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FUNDING, OUTLOOK AND TRANSFERABILITY

Egalite has an annual budget of US$250,000, fully funded by companies paying recruitment fees based on the salary of the job opportunity. There is no charge to jobseekers with disabilities.

Egalite has targets for growth over the next five years, and by 2025 it hopes to have 400,000 candidates in its database and 50,000 people hired.

The platform has been replicated in the United States as a pilot for jobseekers over 50. The implementation of the technology was a success, but funding was not continued. Egalite is now looking for other opportunities to replicate.

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