1 in 8 employers still not Disability Confident

The Government is being urged to do more to help people with disabilities secure jobs after new research revealed that one in 10 businesses felt unable to support an employee with a disability or long-term health condition. A survey carried out by Reed in Partnership and Disability Rights UK highlighted the challenges faced by disabled job seekers and employers. It found that the vast majority of employers (84 per cent) believed disabled people made a valuable contribution to the workplace yet 12 per cent worried that they were more likely to take time off and a similar number felt they were ill-equipped to support disabled staff. Almost a third (31%) said that businesses are worried that disabled people will claim discrimination if the job does not work out. The report warns that the Government’s commitment to halving the disability employment gap – that is, the difference between the employment rates of disabled and non-disabled people – is at risk unless action is taken. The report makes several recommendations, including: * Government expands its scheme to support business with the costs of adjustments, Access to Work, and increases publicity of the scheme. * Introduce a ‘one-stop-shop’ to offer help and workplace solutions for people with disabilities and their employers. * Encourage and incentivise employers to provide training in disability confidence to their line managers. * Employers should create cultures in which people living with impairments or health conditions feel more confident to be open about what they need at work.