Monday, February 20, 2017

It’s time to break down employment barriers for disabled people - SHEFFIELD TELEGRAPH

Originally published: February 16, 2017

With nearly half of UK businesses (45 per cent) being apprehensive about hiring someone with a disability because of fears they wouldn’t be able to do the job, British employers are worsening an already discriminatory employment system for the disabled.

Despite 19 per cent of the working population being disabled, disabled people are more than twice as likely to be unemployed as non-disabled people according to Labour Force Survey April to June 2016 by Office for National Statistics. So why are employers so hesitant in hiring?

Not-for-profit disability organisation Purple is highlighting how daunting the employment process can be for employees with disabilities who are cautious about moving roles due to barriers and stereotypes.