Improving Employer Attitudes Key to Helping Disabled People into Work

17 February 2017

Two women in Tesco supermarketNew polling from the Centre for Social Justice showed that two thirds (63 per cent) of HR decision makers think there are barriers to hiring disabled people, and that only a third (33 per cent) have hired a person with a disability or mental health condition in the last year.

In response to these findings, the national disability charity, Sense, who’s Realising Aspirations for All report looks at the key issue of disability employment, calls on the Government to do more to work with employers and promote disabled people as valuable employees.

Kate Fitch, Head of Policy and Campaign, said:

“The Centre for Social Justice’s polling once again highlights the scale of the challenges facing disabled people as they look to secure and remain in employment.

Disabled people face many barriers to work, including negative employer attitudes, with employers failing to make essential adjustments needed for disabled people to perform their roles successfully, isolation in the workplace, a lack of career progression, and concerning issues with receiving the right support from Access to Work.

We are supportive of the Government’s focus on improving access to employment for disabled people, and welcome the Improving Lives: Work, Health and Disability Green Paper.

Many disabled people want to be in employment, and Sense has been working with the Department for Work and Pensions to ensure that their voices are heard directly by government.

However, this polling shows that there is clearly still a great deal to do when it comes to employer attitudes. Sense is calling on the Government to work with businesses across the country to make the positive case for disabled people as valuable employees.

We want to see the Government develop and implement a coordinated campaign to raise employers’ awareness of the abilities and potential of disabled people, including those with complex needs.”