Nearly 7 million people of working age in the UK are disabled or have a health condition. However in the UK we have a significant disability employment gap. The Department for Work and Pensions’ statistics speak for themselves about why action is needed: ‘Over 7 million people of working age (17.5%) in the UK are disabled or have a health condition. However, currently, 49.6% of disabled people have a job compared to 80.4% of non-disabled people.’ The Government is committed to addressing this and has the ambition to get a million more disabled people into work over the next ten years.
The Disability Confident employer scheme is a key enabler in achieving this goal. It is a Government-led initiative designed to make workplaces more open, accessible, diverse and inclusive. It’s designed to help you recruit and retain disabled people and people with health conditions for their skills and talent. The Disability Confident symbol replaced the ‘Two Ticks’ (positive about disabled people) symbol in 2016.