Employing people with disabilities can help you to open up new markets and have a diverse and committed workforce. You can also increase efficiency and growth – it’s a FACT!
Responding to the urgent need to engage with you as employers, the UK’s leading service providers in the disability employment sector, and the government, recognised the need for a single point of contact – Access Ability is the solution.
You need to know how to find specialist help and funding in your area to help you recruit and retain staff with disabilities.
We know barriers exist when it comes to taking the first step to recruit a person with disabilities, but in most cases you need to make little or no adjustments to your business.
And there are businesses out there who genuinely want to employ people with disabilities but lack the confidence and support to do so. We can put your mind at rest.
There are around 10 million disabled people in the UK – 18% of the population – who contribute over £80 billion a year to the UK economy.
Research by the Health and Safety Executive discovered that disabled employees are as productive as their colleagues, have less time off sick, stay longer in their jobs and have fewer work accidents.
Access Ability opens the door to job-ready candidates who can match your business needs, gives you opportunities to trial potential employees and provides ongoing support.
There are also government incentive schemes which you can access when recruiting disabled people. For example, as part of the Youth Contract, you can take advantage of up to 160,000 wage incentives – worth up to £2,275 each – when you employ a disadvantaged or disabled 18 to 24-year-old.
Access Ability plays a key role in the government's 'Disability Confident' campaign - working with employers to remove barriers, increase understanding and ensure that disabled people have the opportunities to fulfil their potential and realise their aspirations.
Nearly 7 million people of working age in the UK are disabled or have a health condition. There has historically been a large gap between the numbers of disabled people employed compared with non disabled people. Many employers have found that by encouraging applications from disabled people, they are able to extend the pool of high quality applicants available to them. It also makes good business sense to engage with the widest possible consumer audience. For an average business, 20% of their customers are disabled people. A workforce that reflects the diverse range of customers it serves, and the community in which it is based, is good for business.