SAP to hire techies with autism

by CXOtoday News Desk    May 22, 2013


German software giant SAP AG announced that the company is looking to hire hundreds of people with autism for tech related jobs, especially in the areas of programming, testing and data quality assurance.

Autism is a developmental disorder characterized by difficulties in communicating, emotional detachment and repetitive behavior. But research reveals some people with mild autism can perform complex mathematical tasks much better than the average population.

According to SAP officials, in India the group said it had taken on six people with autism as software testers. The company said that productivity and cohesiveness in key areas had also increased. For the Ireland-based pilot scheme, the screening is being completed for five positions to be filled this year.

The company is working with Specialisterne, a Danish organization harness the talents of people with autism to work in technology-orientated jobs. SAP officials said that by the end of this year, the organization would expand the program globally.

“With Specialisterne, we share a common belief that innovation comes from the ‘edges’,” said Luisa Delgado, a member of SAP’s executive board. She believes “only by employing people who think differently and spark innovation will SAP be prepared to handle the challenges of the 21st century.”

Specialisterne operates internationally and had previously worked with Microsoft and Oracle.