15% of UK workers live with a disability
Apr13

15% of UK workers live with a disability

15% of the UK’s working population aged 16-64 lived with some form of disability in 2021.[i],[ii] This is according to government statistics which define a disability as a physical or mental health condition that has lasted or is expected to last more than 12 months and reduces their ability to carry out day-to-day activities. In total, 8.8 million people in the UK aged 16-64 live with disabilities, more than 5 million of whom are...

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What Types of Spinal Injury Can Employees Claim For?
Mar24

What Types of Spinal Injury Can Employees Claim For?

Suffering an injury while at work is the last thing anyone wants to experience, with spinal injuries being among the most serious. But, what type of spinal injuries are employees actually able to make a claim for? Everybody wants to feel as though they are well protected at work, and are able to avoid suffering any serious injuries. However, as we all know, accidents can and do happen, leading to regrettable incidents. As an employer,...

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Will Covid-19 level playing field for disabled workforce?
Dec01

Will Covid-19 level playing field for disabled workforce?

There are currently 14.1 million disabled people in the UK with 19% of working age adults identifying themselves as having a disability. Yet, despite this large percentage, very few companies still specifically target this pool of talent or provide the right environment to work and adults with disabilities are twice as likely to be unemployed.  As we mark the 25thanniversary of the Disability Discrimination Act, and recognise...

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Recruiters must leverage their expertise to help close disability employment gap
Nov12

Recruiters must leverage their expertise to help close disability employment gap

The Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo) has urged recruiters to leverage their expertise to help close the disability employment gap following insight which revealed that this has decreased by just 7% over the last 20 years. In its analysis of recruitment trends from the last two decades, APSCo, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, found that engaging disabled workers is far behind where it...

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In the Dark—95% of SMEs Unaware of the Legal Rights of Disabled Employees
Sep19

In the Dark—95% of SMEs Unaware of the Legal Rights of Disabled Employees

Despite ambitious government policies to get a million disabled people into work over the next ten years, the latest ONS data shows a miniscule 5% increase since the 2017 goal, which would only see a total of merely 5,800 disabled people in work by 2027 if the pattern continues. In light of the disability employment issue, a new survey of UK SME owners conducted by Bolt Burdon Kemp revealed a shocking 95% of respondents don’t know the...

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Five reasons to create a disability-confident workplace in 2019
Feb27

Five reasons to create a disability-confident workplace in 2019

In December 2018 the Government announced it will be rolling out a new £40 million voluntary scheme in England and Wales this year to help disabled people who are long-term unemployed get back into work. The Intensive Personalised Employment Support programme aims to provide “highly personalised packages of employment support for people who are at least a year away from moving into work”, with the target of supporting 10,000 disabled...

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Over 50% of UK employees surveyed feel disability inclusion is most important in the workplace, Wildgoose survey finds.
Dec03

Over 50% of UK employees surveyed feel disability inclusion is most important in the workplace, Wildgoose survey finds.

Disability in the workplace is a hot topic in the media today, with broadcasters such as BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Sky, along with government ministers, committed to doubling the number of disabled people involved in television by 2020 to make the industry more inclusive. However, it is not just the broadcasters who need to implement a culture of change.     With 70% of discriminatory queries at The Equality Advisory Support...

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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.  ...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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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