The Recruitment Industry Disability Initiative (RIDI) Awards 2023, recognising excellence in diversity and inclusion within the recruitment sector, has proudly unveiled its winners with a ceremony taking place at law firm DWF’s offices in London and streamed online.

The exceptional winners, including the Arts Council, Cabinet Office, PageGroup and FT attended the reception at the Capital’s Walkie-Talkie building to accept awards for the impact of their disability confident recruitment practices.

Those recognised at the awards include organisations from family-owned-and-run businesses like Marsham Court Hotel to large multinationals including KPMG, proving disability confidence can be achieved by organisations of all sizes.

The awards, which had two new categories this year – ‘Building Disability Confidence’ for those organisations at the start of their journey and ‘Creating Disability Confident Recruiters’, for those with long established Disability Confident programmes – are supported by sponsors including Amazon, PageGroup, Robert Walters Group, and Saxton Bampfylde, all of whom are at the forefront of promoting inclusivity and driving disability inclusion initiatives in recruitment.

The RIDI Award-winners and those highly commended across the 10 categories are as follows: 

  1. Building Disability Confidence – Sponsored by Amazon
    • Winner: MRL Consulting
    • Highly commended: Tate Recruitment
  2. Creating Disability Confident Recruiters – Sponsored by The Clear Company
    • Winner: Department for Culture, Media and Sport
    • Highly commended: Randstad Sourceright
  3. Disability Confident: Private Sector – Sponsored by Guidant Global
    • Winner: Marsham Court
    • Highly commended: KPMG UK
  1. Disability Confident: Public Sector – Sponsored by PageGroup
    • Winner: Arts Council
  2. Disability Specialist – Sponsored by Robert Walters Group
    • Winner: The Empowerment Passport
  3. Inclusive Recruitment Campaign – Sponsored by Saxton Bampfylde
    • Winner: Jacobs UK
    • Highly commended: Tarmac
  4. Inclusive Technology – Sponsored by Recite Me
    • Winner: Occupational Psychology Services, Cabinet Office
  5. Making a Difference: Private Sector – Sponsored by Lloyd’s
    • Winner: PageGroup
  6. Making a Difference: Public Sector – Sponsored by Shaw Trust
    • Winner: Arts Council
  7. Pioneer of the Year – Sponsored by Evenbreak
    • Winner: FT, Early Careers Inclusive Programmes

Kate Headley, RIDI’s Chair, Government Disability Access Ambassador for the Recruitment sector, and Director of The Clear Company, says:

“I am immensely proud to extend my heartfelt congratulations to this year’s RIDI Award winners. Your dedication and commitment to fostering disability confident recruitment practices serve as a beacon of inspiration for the entire industry.

“Your remarkable achievements not only celebrate inclusivity but also reaffirm the power of embracing diversity within the workforce. There is no excuse not to welcome disabled talent. Well done to all the winners and those highly commended — you are true trailblazers in creating more inclusive workplaces for disabled people.”

Tamsin McCarthy, Global Diversity and Inclusion Manager at hosts DWF, says:

“Winners’ accomplishments underscore the importance of collaborative efforts in creating opportunities for disabled talent within the workforce. We applaud your achievements and commitment to fostering a more diverse and inclusive employment environment for all.”

For further details about the RIDI Awards 2023, please visit https://ridi.org.uk/event/ridi-awards-2023/