SAP unveils autism recruitment drive


German software giant SAP said it intends to employ hundreds of people globally with autism as software testers and programmers over the next seven years.

The company, which has already launched pilot projects in India and Ireland, said Tuesday the plan is to find workers “who think differently,” leading to innovation.

By 2020, 1 percent of SAP’s current workforce of 65,000 is expected to be affected by autism, a spokesman said.

In India, the group said it has taken on six people with autism as software testers and that productivity and cohesiveness in key areas increased as a result.