August 4, 2017
Over half (51 percent) of people with a physical disability say that they had taken pains to hide their condition from employers when applying for a job, with that figure increasing to 60 percent when it came to those suffering from a mental health issue, a new survey has claimed. The reason, suggests the research from Badenoch & Clark – is that three in five (60 percent) UK employees with a disability have experienced bias in the workplace, in comparison to just 35 percent of those without a disability. Worryingly, the report, ‘Inspiring Inclusion in the Workplace’, also found that two thirds of those with a mental disability (65 percent), and 45 percent of those with a physical disability believe that their organisation does not offer an inclusive environment. Unsurprisingly then, the research further revealed that around half (48 percent) of disabled candidates have either left a job or not applied for a role or promotion due to workplace bias, in comparison with just one in five (20 percent) of those without a disability.
Nicola Linkleter, President of Professional Staffing, Badenoch & Clark, commented: “Organisations need to realise that poor inclusion practices are bad for business – almost half of disabled candidates have either left a job or not applied for a role or promotion due to workplace bias. In the UK today, 16 percent of working age adults have a disability, 15 percent of which have a degree. With skills shortages an undeniable threat, employers need to start viewing candidates with disabilities as untapped talent.
“We’d like to see more employers taking the initiative to remove barriers to disability in the workplace, developing attraction and retention strategies that capture an underrepresented talent pool, and working with universities and recruitment consultancies to advise disabled students on how to interview confidently.”