Employment gap must be halved by 2020, Business Disability Forum hears
The minister for disabled people, Justin Tomlinson, has urged employers to go one step further to help reach the “ambitious target” of halving the disability employment gap and bringing more than one million people into work by the end of this parliament.
Speaking at the Business Disability Forum conference, Tomlinson said it wasn’t enough “just to offer work experience”.
“Disabled people need to be able to have meaningful and sustainable careers,” he said.
More than six million people (16 per cent) of working age in the UK have a disability, but the employment rate among disabled people stood at 46.7 per cent at the end of 2015, compared with 80.3 per cent for non-disabled people. To halve this gap would require bringing an extra 1.2 million disabled people into work, the minister said.