The UK Government has set a target of 4.5m people in employment with disabilities by 2027. The thinking behind this is that the unemployment rate for people with disability is 9.3% which compares with the unemployment rate of just 3.7% for people without a disability. When you consider that only c50% of those of the working age with disability are in work there is much to do.
Progress is being made, the estimate is that around 120,000 more people with a disability are employed this year versus last year but there is significant room for improvement. The Recruitment Industry Disability Initiative (http://ridi.org.uk) is an organisation with a clear mission in this space.
According to Minister for Disabled People, Sarah Newton MP, the UK’s recruitment sector has a “critical role in helping the government to achieve its target of getting one million more disabled people in work as soon as possible, but by 2027 at the very latest.” Newton made the announcement at a parliamentary reception at the House of Commons which was hosted by the Recruitment Industry Disability Initiative