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Three in five disabled UK employees experience workplace bias, finds Badenoch & Clark

Three in five (60%) UK employees with a disability have experienced bias in the workplace, in comparison to just 35% of those without a disability, reveals research from Badenoch & Clark – part of The Adecco Group UK&I.

The report, ‘Inspiring Inclusion in the Workplace’, also found that two thirds of those with a mental disability (65%), and 45% of those with a physical disability believe that their organisation does not offer an inclusive environment.

Unsurprisingly then, the research further revealed that around half (48%) of disabled candidates have either left a job or not applied for a role or promotion due to workplace bias, in comparison with just one in five (20%) of those without a disability.

Perhaps as a result of these challenges, over half (51%) of those with a physical disability said that they had taken pains to hide their condition from employers when applying for a job, with that figure increasing to 60% when it came to those suffering from a mental health issue.

Nicola Linkleter, president of professional staffing at Badenoch & Clark, commented, “Organisations need to realise that poor inclusion practices are bad for business – almost half of disabled candidates have either left a job or not applied for a role or promotion due to workplace bias. In the UK today, 16% of working age adults have a disability, 15% of which have a degree. With skills shortages an undeniable threat, employers need to start viewing candidates with disabilities as untapped talent.

“We’d like to see more employers taking the initiative to remove barriers to disability in the workplace, developing attraction and retention strategies that capture an underrepresented talent pool, and working with universities and recruitment consultancies to advise disabled students on how to interview confidently.”

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