Minister urges businesses to make adjustments for disabled employees
Mar15

Minister urges businesses to make adjustments for disabled employees

   The Minister for Disabled People is encouraging businesses to make reasonable workplace adjustments for their disabled employees and to make the most of the support available. The call to action came as the Minister launched an awareness month specifically on the topic of workplace adjustments as part of the Government’s Disability Confident scheme, which gives employers the tools they need to recruit and retain disabled employees....

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International Wheelchair Day highlights the need for workplace mental health support for all employees with all types of disabilities
Mar01

International Wheelchair Day highlights the need for workplace mental health support for all employees with all types of disabilities

A clear distinction is often made between ‘mind’ and ‘body’ when it comes to employers supporting employees with disabilities, with the focus traditionally being on the physical condition. However RedArc believes more employers need to recognise the importance of providing mental wellbeing support to this group too – not simply because they have a duty to provide the same insurance benefits as they do for able bodied...

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Is your workplace disability friendly?
Dec22

Is your workplace disability friendly?

According to Scope, a charity for those with a disability, there were 13.3 million disabled people living in the UK in 2016 – at least 18% of whom were adults of working age. However, just 3.4 million disabled people are currently in employment. This is not purely down to choice or the nature of each disability; for some disabled people, it’s the barriers they face in a working environment that prevent them from having a job.   Scope...

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Appealing to employees with a disability
Dec18

Appealing to employees with a disability

Chris Jay, Executive Chairman of the disability awareness charity, Enable Me, offers tips on how to be a more inclusive employer….   Many organisations are getting wise to that fact that offering an inclusive workplace enables them to tap into a vast talent pool of potential employees. However, there is more to being an inclusive employer than simply following legislation.   Raising awareness of disability Whilst many employers do...

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75% of disabled jobseekers find condition hampers the job-hunt
Oct25

75% of disabled jobseekers find condition hampers the job-hunt

Up to 75% of disabled people find that their condition has an impact when job-hunting, according to new research from the Recruitment Industry Disability Initiative (RIDI). Furthermore, 53% of respondents said that they first faced barriers as early as the application stage and a similar number (54%) reported hurdles at multiple stages of the recruitment process.   This represents a notable improvement since the RIDI survey in 2015,...

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5,000 UK employers are now Disability Confident
Sep21

5,000 UK employers are now Disability Confident

5,000 UK employers are now Disability Confident • Minister challenges FTSE 100 to sign up to Disability Confident scheme • TBT Recruitment is 5,000th organisation to become Disability Confident • The Guinness Partnership becomes 50th Disability Confident Leader   The Minister for Disabled People, Work and Health, Penny Mordaunt, has issued a challenge to British based FTSE 100 companies to sign up to the Disability Confident scheme....

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Major employers to lead disability inclusion event in Wales
Sep05

Major employers to lead disability inclusion event in Wales

The Recruitment Industry Disability Initiative (RIDI), in partnership with specialist People and Development consultancy Delsion, is hosting a round table in South Wales where business leaders will discuss the relationship between skills, disability inclusion and the future of work. Attended by the Welsh Government and hosted by the University of South Wales Exchange, the event on the 27th of September will bring together influential...

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3 in 5 disabled employees experience workplace bias
Aug10

3 in 5 disabled employees experience workplace bias

Three in five (60%) UK employees with a disability have experienced bias in the workplace, in comparison to just 35% of those without a disability, reveals research from Badenoch & Clark – part of The Adecco Group UK&I. Worryingly, the report, ‘Inspiring Inclusion in the Workplace’, also found that two thirds of those with a mental disability (65%), and 45% of those with a physical disability believe that their organisation...

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When staff get cancer, they get fears and concerns too, warns specialist support provider
Jul24

When staff get cancer, they get fears and concerns too, warns specialist support provider

When a staff member gets sick, and the diagnosis turns out to be cancer, most employers are sympathetic towards the diagnosis, but it seems that the physical aspects of the disease are only one component. HR Managers need to be prepared for the emotional and mental side effects of the disease. In fact, employees living with cancer can have many different separate fears and concerns.  Research by RedArc, conducted on over 900...

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Life-changing partnership supports people living with HIV to get back into the workplace
Jul18

Life-changing partnership supports people living with HIV to get back into the workplace

“My confidence hit rock bottom – but now I’ve been employed for three years and am excited for the future” A quarter of people living with HIV in the UK are currently unemployed. Many face barriers including gaps on their CV, low confidence and lack of skills when going back to work, as well as misunderstanding from employers about the condition. Many of these individuals are skilled, trained professionals who are overlooked or...

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Kensington PA awarded nearly £48k in cancer discrimination claim
Jul17

Kensington PA awarded nearly £48k in cancer discrimination claim

An employment tribunal has awarded a woman £50,000 compensation after her former employers accused her of not doing ‘a single day’s work’ while she underwent treatment for breast cancer. Eimear Coghlan, 34, was initially treated with “sympathy and concern” by her boss, Poonam Dhawan-Leach, chief executive of The Hideaways Club in Kensington, however their professional relationship struggled when Ms. Coghlan needed to go for regular...

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How one sport is helping visually impaired candidates improve job prospects
Jul17

How one sport is helping visually impaired candidates improve job prospects

Mark Winder, CEO of Goalball UK explains how Goalball is improving employment prospects for candidates with visual impairment – and giving their visually abled colleagues the opportunity to experience the challenges they face. Accessibility is more than adapting the environment Great strides have been made in the past few decades in creating welcoming and accessible workplaces for people with disabilities – but the reality...

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Apprenticeships provide employment boost for people with a learning disability
Jun29

Apprenticeships provide employment boost for people with a learning disability

Charity Mencap is highlighting the low levels of people with a learning disability in paid work and the need for employers to open up their recruitment practices. Latest statistics show that there are less than 6% of adults with a learning disability known to social services are in paid employment. People with a learning disability face many barriers when trying to find work, including: Complicated application forms Negative employer...

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The Apprenticeship Levy ‘key to unlocking disabled talent’
Jun29

The Apprenticeship Levy ‘key to unlocking disabled talent’

The introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy offers employers a prime opportunity to improve disabled talent pipelines. That was the conclusion of a recent round table hosted by the Recruitment Industry Disability Initiative (RIDI). However, attendees identified a number of barriers to engagement. Not least a level of ambiguity around where employers should turn to for support in this area with an overarching theme running throughout...

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Lack of deaf awareness is holding millions back at work
May18

Lack of deaf awareness is holding millions back at work

A lack of deaf awareness amongst employers and society at large is holding people with hearing loss back by creating unnecessary barriers and is costing the UK economy £24.8billion. During Deaf Awareness Week (15-21 May) the UK national charity Action on Hearing Loss highlights simple and cost effective ways of making work environments more hearing loss friendly. Despite the fact that employers are legally obliged to make any...

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