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UK FACING DISABILITY EMPLOYMENT CRISIS

 

Disabled at work

• ONE MILLION DISABLED PEOPLE SHUNNED BY UK JOBS MARKET DUE TO OUTDATED ATTITUDES AND SCANDALOUS SILENCE AT BOARD MEETINGS

• MORE THAN ONE IN 10 SENIOR HR DECISION MAKERS THINK DISABLED PEOPLE SHOULD ACCEPT LOWER PAID POSITIONS

• OVER A QUARTER OF BUSINESSES CLAIM TO HAVE NEVER INTERVIEWED A DISABLED CANDIDATE FOR A JOB

 

Disabled people will face discrimination daily, but it is perhaps most damaging in the workplace. Despite there being one million disabled people in the UK able and willing to work, it seems outdated attitudes on disability are affecting their employment opportunities.

 

Today new YouGov research commissioned by Virgin Media and the charity Scope – released as they launch the #WorkWithMe Pledge – highlights the workplace is just as stacked against disabled people as it was over a decade ago.

 

It also raises a red flag as it reveals over one in 10 (11%) senior HR decision makers believe that those living with disabilities should accept lower paid jobs and more than 2 in 10 (23%) think disabled people need to adapt better to a business’ culture.

 

In fact, half of businesses (50%) say it’s easier to recruit a non-disabled person over someone who has an impairment or a condition and a quarter (26%) claim that they have never had a disabled candidate for a job interview, despite there being 13.9 million disabled people in the UK.

Over half of employers (56%) chose to believe the main reason disabled people don’t get jobs is because they lack the right skills or qualifications, something Scope says is incorrect. Four in 10 (41%) also reveal that their company board of directors never or rarely discusses disability.

 

SLEEPWALKING INTO A CRISIS 

It’s therefore unsurprising the UK’s disability employment gap – the rate at which disabled people are employed compared to non-disabled people – hasn’t changed for more than a decade. The labour market remains stacked against disabled people which is still stubbornly stuck about thirty percentage points behind.

Joining us in the studio are Jeff Dodds, Managing Director at Virgin Media, Mark Hodgkinson, Chief Executive at Scope and Charles Bloch, who has faced discrimination finding work because of his disability. They will be on hand to discuss these findings and reveal more about their plan for business leaders to take accountability for how they recruit and employ disabled people.

Let's Talk: Is your business really employing people with disabilities?

The UK is facing a disability employment crisis. One million disabled people shunned by UK jobs market due to outdated attituded and scandalous silence at board meetings. We spoke to Jeff Dodds, MD at Virgin Media, Mark Hodgkinson, Cheif Exec at Scope and Charles Bloch, a case study who is disabled and has been turned down for employment numerous times despite being qualified.