Earlier this year, we reported on the UK government’s goal to see one million more people with disabilities in work was reached. According to Government reports, over one million more people with disabilities are in employment, compared to five years ago. A great achievement.
However, in contrast, new figures also show that there are more than 20,000 people with disabilities waiting for support through the disability employment programme. An alarming jump from just under 5,000 a year earlier.
Last month, further stats have emerged. Analysis by the Trade Union Congress (TUC) found that the pay gap for people with disabilities currently stands at £2.05 an hour – or £3,731 per year for someone working a 35-hour week.
This pay gap – which has increased from 16.5% last year – means that people with disabilities effectively work for free for the last 54 days of the year. The research also shows that the disability pay gap persists for workers throughout their careers too.
So, is the disability employment gap widening? And what can we as organizations do to address it?
Our friends at Monster have been transforming the recruiting industry for 25 years. They aim to make every workplace happier and more productive by transforming the way employers and candidates find the right fit.
We recently interviewed their CHRO, Claire Barnes, to explore what part diversity and inclusion plays in their recruitment processes. Below, discover strategies that are helping them along the way.
Ingeus offer services to improve opportunities and help create strong societies in which people have the independence, knowledge, and know-how to thrive. In 2021, they provided employability, wellbeing and youth services to over 98,000 people with a disability, illness or health condition. And helped more than 30,000 unemployed people back into work.
Alongside the services they provide, D&I (diversity and inclusion) is a key priority within their own organization. We recently interviewed their Head of Talent Acquisition, Emily Garvie, to discover what role D&I plays in recruitment. Below, Emily shares how and why it’s embedded in everything they do.
The game timer has hit zero on our back-to-school conference UDL TOUCHDOWN: Making a play for all learners.
It was a day of amazing speakers, incredible dialogue, and useful Universal Design for Learning (UDL) tips. If you were able to join us, we hope your playbook is full!
These three conference takeaways filled us with inspiration. Maybe they’ll do the same for you, wherever you are on your UDL journey.
Over the past year our Texthelp family has grown to include even more people from even more parts of the world. Today, our texthelpers are spread across 11 global offices in countries including Australia, Canada, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Northern Ireland, England and the US.
As with any family, it’s important to us that every single person feels included and part of the team.
But, how can you help your employees across the globe get to know each other?
We know that you’ve spent the majority of your summer vacation planning your new school year. During that planning, we’re sure that one thing that came up over and over again was how to make sure everyone in your classroom can access your resources and learning materials. Whether that’s digital files or paper resources, it’s often tricky to make sure they can be read and accessed by each different learner in your class.