Magazine article Management Services

Employers Continue to Exclude the Disabled

Magazine article Management Services

Employers Continue to Exclude the Disabled

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New research from UnumProvident, the UK's leading disability insurer, has revealed that unemployed people with disabilities wanting to work still face exclusion when trying to find employment. Of 200 senior directors interviewed, one in five believe that job applicants who provide details of any disabilities they might have, adversely affect their chances of securing interviews. Should they make the interview stage, the research shows that the obstacles they face intensify.

One in three of those interviewed said that they felt that the majority of employers, when considering two candidates of equal experience, would opt for an able bodied candidate in preference to a disabled applicant - even if their disability was not a hindrance to performing the job.

Joanne Hindle, Corporate Services Director, UnumProvident said: "The findings are very disturbing. We estimate that there are some 750,000 disabled people in the UK who want to work and who could be helped in their search for employment and thereby given greater independence over their lives. However, one of the obstacles to achieving this are the many misconceptions employers have about employing them."

For example, the research shows that 32% of employers wrongly believe that disabled employees could have worse absenteeism records than their able bodied colleagues. 64% would have concerns over employing someone with a disability because of the possible cost of altering their premises or providing specialist equipment. …

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