3.4 million disabled people are currently working in the UK, with millions more who want the opportunity to work and have valuable skills and experience to offer, but many still find it difficult to find employment.
Disabled friendly policies aren’t just about recruiting new workers, they should support existing ones too. 83% of disabled people acquire their disability or long term health condition during their working life, so anyone could be affected.
It’s vital that every employer does more to support and encourage a more diverse workforce into adult social care and health roles, and support people to stay and progress.
In ‘Improving Lives’ (the recent Green Paper on Work, Health and Disability) the Government outline their commitment to halve the disability employment gap in the UK by 2025. Currently the employment rate for
disabled people is 48%; this is 32% less than the employment rate for non-disabled people. There are around 7 million people who have declared a disability in the UK, 3.8 million of whom are out of work. Many of these are able to and want to work, but are unemployed, which means that they don’t experience the economic, health and social benefits that employment can bring. This represents a major injustice in society.
Skills for Care have produced a factsheet, ‘Busting the Myths’, around employing someone with a disability, which gives clear, concise answers to many of the concerns that employers have when considering employing disabled workers.
Source: Skills for Care news article 23rd March 2017