Disability Confident Scheme

03 June 2021

Our commitment is to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for a job vacancy and to consider them on their abilities. The aim of this commitment is to encourage disabled people to apply for jobs by offering them the assurance that, should they meet the minimum criteria, they will be given the opportunity to demonstrate their abilities at interview stage.

At Ofcom we aim to have a selection process that is fair and equitable and based solely based on the applicant’s abilities and individual merit assessed against the criteria for the job.

We have made a positive commitment to employing disabled people and hope to support them during their application process with the disability confident scheme and reasonable adjustments when requested.

What we mean by minimum criteria and how is it determined

Minimum criteria are the essential requirements that are outlined in the job specification for each role.

At Ofcom, essential requirements may include qualifications, experience and skills and are scored on a scale of 1 to 5 based on the level of evidence provided on the application. To be successful at shortlisting stage and be invited for first stage interview, applicants should achieve an aggregate score of 60% of the total possible marks across the essential requirements. However, candidates scoring 1 in any of the essential criteria will not be invited to interview.

What we mean by first stage interview

First stage Interviews at Ofcom can take different forms, dependent on the role and discipline. They can include a formal telephone interview with the Hiring Manager, a pre-recorded One-Way Video Interview / presentation, a Face to Face video interview with the Hiring Manager or multi-colleague Panel Interview.

Reasonable Adjustment

Reasonable adjustments will be made as requested by the candidate prior to interview and assessment arrangements. You can talk to your recruiter or  email Ofcom Talent team at ofcomresourcing@omnirms.com or call us on 0330 912 1378 to request for any adjustment throughout the process.

Additional Information

It is important to note that there may be occasions where it’s not practicable for us to interview all disabled people who meet the minimum criteria for the job. In certain recruitment situations such as high-volume, and high-peak times, we may wish to limit the overall numbers of interviews offered to both disabled people and non-disabled people. If this happens, Ofcom could select the disabled candidates who best meet the minimum criteria for the job as they would do for non-disabled applicants, rather than all of those that meet the minimum criteria.

FAQS

What is defined as disability?

A physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long-term negative effect on your ability to carry out normal day to day activities. The disability could be physical, sensory or mental.

What scoring matrix is used to determine the minimum criteria

Each application is reviewed and assessed on a scale of 1 to 5, 1 indicates no evidence and 5 indicates very strong evidence.

Do disabled people automatically get interviews?

Disabled candidates who meet the minimum criteria and wish to be considered under the Disability Confident Scheme will be invited to the first interview stage.

Which vacancies would come under the Disability Confident Scheme?

The Disability Confident Scheme applies to all Ofcom vacancies.

Can I challenge a decision if I am not invited for an interview?

If a candidate does not meet the essential criteria and are not selected for the interview process, they will be provided with detailed feedback on their application. If you still wish to query the decision, please see details below on our complaints procedure.

Complaints procedure

If you have any questions about the process or want to raise a complaint regarding the scheme please email Ofcom Talent team at ofcomresourcing@omnirms.com or call us on 0330 912 1378.