Firms need educating on disabled staff

first_imgFirms need educating on disabled staffOn 19 Mar 2002 in Personnel Today Seventy-six per cent of employers in the UK have never had an opportunity toemploy disabled people. This is according to a survey of more than 1,000 employers on employingpeople with disabilities, published to coincide with the launch ofjobability.com, a website designed to help disabled people into work. The study also finds more than a quarter of employers in the hotel,restaurant and retail sectors are reluctant to employ disabled people becauseof other people’s attitudes. Nearly half of the respondents are not aware of any policies or guidelinesat their company relating to employment of disabled people. Almost 30 per cent of respondents said they do not have the requiredfacilities to employ disabled people, despite the fact that employers mustremove or alter any physical barriers to access for disabled people by October2004 under the Disability Discrimination Act. But the survey finds that almost two-thirds of companies employing disabledpeople incurred no extra costs as a result of making the necessary adjustments.Steve Harvey, director of people, profits & loyalty at Microsoft, whichhelped establish jobability.com in partnership with Leonard Cheshire andTotaljobs.com, said: “The findings show there is still a long way to gotowards educating employers and improving employment opportunities for disabledpeople. “At Microsoft, we believe everyone should have the opportunity torealise his or her potential and that means providing disabled people with workopportunities in all our workplaces.” www.jobability.com Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more