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Software Usage

Example: “Candidates should be proficient in Microsoft Office applications”

This is another example of an apparently acceptable requirement with potentially discriminatory characteristics. This can impact on disabled candidates that may have difficulty using these specific packages, but may be able to use technologies designed to assist them.

It’s also worth considering that different editions of the Office suite (as well as other packages) can vary considerably in their appearance and functionality meaning that this is not quite as an objective requirement as it may first appear.

When requesting software skills, either use generic terms (e.g. word processing packages, spreadsheet applications) or make it clear you will accept proficiency in equivalent packages.