That is an astonishing figure. YouGov surveyed 515 HR senior decision-makers for Scope in April 2019 and revealed the depth of challenge that disabled individuals face in finding employment.
Some explanation for the reason for this is about misunderstanding the skills that disabled people have and work place adjustments.
We must start looking at people on a far more individual basis. There is a lot of discussion around gender and ethnicity but much less around disability. This portion of society risk being left behind.
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"It really exposes a hole in HR practices," Janina Vallance, executive director of people and change at Scope said. “When we look at protected characteristics there has been a lot more discussion around gender and ethnicity, which is welcome, but disabled people are often still getting left behind."