Being a disabled jobseeker can be challenging, but there are plenty of disability-friendly employers out there. This article will take a look at the top ten disability-friendly employers in the UK. Each of these organisations have made it onto this list for their commitment to helping disabled employees reach their full potential. They provide an inclusive working environment where everyone is given the opportunity to succeed. If you’re looking for a new career, or want to know more about disability-friendly employers, then read on!
Lloyds Banking Group
The Business Disability Forum has recognised Lloyds Banking Group as a leading employer when it comes to disabilities for several years. The bank’s Workplace Adjustment Programme is a ground-breaking initiative that has offered support to thousands of workers. Lloyds have completed over 31,000 assessments for colleagues with disabilities and/ or long-term health conditions. These assessments help recommend what adjustments they may require to remove any barriers and support them to be their best. Lloyds Banking Group has an award-winning colleague network, which has over 3,000 members and works towards connecting, supporting and developing colleagues with disabilities and long-term health conditions across their branches.
Unilever UK and Ireland achieved ‘Disability Confident Employer’ status in 2019, and work in collaboration with the Business Disability Forum to ensure they create an inclusive culture and represent applicants and employees with disabilities. Unilever have set themselves a global target for 5% of their workforce to be represented by people with disabilities, and for all of their sites to be fully accessible by the year 2025. Their website includes a comprehensive section on inclusion and diversity, taking ownership of their responsibilities and showing that they are serious about improving.
ITV is accredited with the Disability Confident ‘Leader’ status, demonstrating its continued commitment to championing opportunities and removing barriers for disabled candidates. Their Diversity Acceleration Plan shows their commitment to increasing the representation of disabled people both on and off-screen at every level and includes targets to improve the career opportunities for disabled talent working on ITV programmes, and to ensure there are entry-level career opportunities available for them. ITV’s internal colleague network, ITV Able, is focused on disability, and aims to educate, influence and connect employees on the issues and support available. ITV has partnered with the disability equality charity Scope, with a campaign to raise awareness of hidden disabilities.
Pub retailer and brewer Greene King are a member of the Business Disability Forum. They have made commitments in several areas to diversify their workforce, and to employ talent from all kinds of backgrounds, including those with disabilities. Last year Greene King launched a campaign to support young people with learning difficulties and disabilities into employment. The supported internships aim to help develop life and employment skills for young people who want to continue in the hospitality industry.
Sainsbury’s achieved its Disability Confident ‘Leader’ status in 2017. This is the highest tier of the government’s programme, and they are by far the largest retailer to achieve this accreditation. In 2008, Sainsbury’s launched the You Can initiative, which supports people who otherwise might struggle to find a job, including those with disabilities. Sainsbury’s also have an internal network, EnAble, which supports employees with disabilities and health conditions. Sainsbury’s have also been the headline sponsor of Purple Tuesday, an initiative that encourages retailers to be more inclusive and accessible and raise awareness of the barriers that people with disabilities may face, especially those with more ‘hidden’ disabilities.
As a proud official partner of the British Paralympic Association, insurance company Allianz says its involvement with the BPA stems deeper than sponsorship. Their involvement has inspired them to cater to a much broader customer base and hire a more diverse workforce. As an accredited Disability Confident employer, Allianz works with the Business Disability Forum to create further support for their employees. Internally, Allianz has also created a network for employees with disabilities and those passionate to support them.
As a Level 3 Disability Confident employer, Network Rail has gained recognition within its peer group of organisations for its efforts to embrace differences. They’re keen to show potential candidates with disabilities they are leading the way in promoting Disability Confidence, both in and outside their organisation. The company is committed to maintaining an inclusive work environment where barriers are broken and stereotypes and prejudice are lessened.
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