A guide to recruiting and employing disabled people

There is a large pool of talented disabled workers in the UK. Your company could be missing out if you don’t encourage applications from disabled workers.

There are a few ways you can try and attract disabled workers:

Use the ‘two ticks’ symbol

You can use the ‘two ticks’ symbol on adverts to show that you encourage disabled workers. 

You must ask Jobcentre Plus if you can use this symbol because your business must meet certain commitments. These are:

  • To interview all disabled candidates who apply and are suitable for the position and to assess them on their abilities.
  • To discuss with disabled employees, at least once a year, how you can both make sure that they can develop and use their abilities.
  • To make sure that if your employee becomes disabled that they are kept in employment.
  • To actively ensure that all your employees have a level of disability awareness to make these commitments work.
  • To assess these commitments every year to see what’s been achieved and let your employees and Jobcentre Plus know about what you’ve done and what you plan to do in the future.

Get advice from a Disability Employment Advisor

A Disability Employment Advisor can give your business advice on how your application and recruitment process can include disabled candidates. 

They can also give you information to make reasonable adjustments which can help someone start or keep their job.

Alternative formats

If you want to encourage applications from disabled workers you must provide information about the vacancy in large print format and be willing to accept applications electronically.

Reasonable adjustments

You can ask if any of your candidates need reasonable adjustments so that they can take part in the recruitment process; for example, a wheelchair user can ask to have their interview on the ground floor.

Wage Incentive Scheme

The aim of this scheme is to provide more opportunities for jobless, disabled people aged 18 to 24 years old who are on the Work Choice Programme. 

As an employer you could receive up to £2,275 for every eligible employee you employ for at least 16 hours a week for more than 26 weeks.  

If you’re interested in employing someone through the Wage Incentive Scheme, then you should contact your local Work Choice provider who can give you further information. 

You can find a list of providers from the Department of Work and Pensions

Other information

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Published on: February 19, 2013

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