How to identify disability friendly employers

Written by CWD Editor
Last updated Tuesday December 8 2020

Disabled people can face additional barriers when looking for work. Identifying disability friendly employers is one of the most important parts of job searching.

Careers with Disabilities

Careers with Disabilities understand that it can be difficult for disabled jobseekers to easily understand which employers are disability friendly.

We want to help remove this barrier by showcasing employers that are committed to the inclusion of disabled people in their workforce. You can find a list of disability-friendly employers in our business directory. Members include ScotRail, the Defence, Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl), the Disability Law Service, Hightown Housing Association and the Care Inspectorate.

We also recommend visiting the Careers with Disabilities jobs board where you can find the latest job vacancies from our network of disability friendly employers.

Disability Confident Scheme

The Disability Confident Scheme is an initiative organised by the Department of Work and Pensions. The aim is to support employers becoming more accessible and inclusive to disabled people. You can access a full list of employers that have signed up to the Scheme. Look out for the Disability Confident accreditation on job adverts which demonstrates the organisation is part of the Scheme.

There are three levels to the Scheme: Committed, Employer and Leader. Organisations at all levels have made a commitment to recruit, retain and develop disabled people in their workforce. However, organisations at the higher two levels (Employer and Leader) are actively doing so.

If you choose to work at an organisation that is part of the Disability Confident Scheme, you should feel assured that they are welcoming, accepting and supportive of disabled people in their workforce.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion policies

Most large enterprises and all public-sector organisations will hold an equality, diversity and inclusion policy. It is often easy to find these policies on the organisation’s website or careers website.

An equality, diversity and inclusion policy sets out how the business is inclusive to people from diverse, marginalised and underrepresented groups. Creating working policies and practices that support the representation of diverse groups is an integral part of an organisation’s social responsibility.

Reading these policies will help you to understand how the business supports disabled people in the workplace. You may also find out if they offer a guaranteed interview to disabled candidates that meet the minimum requirements for the role.

Employee reviews

A great way to find out how an organisation is supportive of their disabled workers is to look for first-hand experience. One method of gaining first-hand insight is through reaching out to employees of the organisation via LinkedIn. Most people will be happy to share their experiences to help you make an informed decision about joining the company.

Last Updated: Tuesday December 8 2020

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