Leonard Cheshire has revealed that almost a quarter of UK employers have said they would be less likely to hire someone who is disabled in a report published by the charity today.

The investigation also found that 73% of disabled workers in the UK have stopped working due to their health condition or their disability, exposing the issues disabled workers face as part of the workforce.

66% of managers named the cost of making reasonable adjustments in the workplace as a barrier to employing disabled people, but only 20% of disabled job applicants were made aware of workplace adjustments which could be made for them during the recruitment process.

Just under a third of disabled people who had applied for a job in the last five years said they felt employers had not taken them seriously, and 17% of disabled respondents said they had a job offer withdrawn by an employer because of their disability.

Chief executive officer at Leonard Cheshire, Neil Heslop, said: ”

“Our research reveals a tough and unwelcoming employment landscape for disabled people despite overall employment levels climbing to record highs. Most disabled people in 2019 remain frozen out of the world of work.

“More employers need to seize the opportunity of the untapped talent of disabled people.

“Straightforward measures exist to support individuals to get jobs or prevent those in work from falling out of employment due to a disability or health condition.

“All of us must redouble our efforts to challenge outdated attitudes to disability and accelerate the positive change that enables talented individuals to gain and keep jobs.”

Rebecca Hilsenrath, chief executive of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, said: “Even the smallest of changes can make a dramatic difference in helping a disabled person achieve their full potential at work.

“Reasonable adjustments in the workplace aren’t just the right thing to do, they are a legal requirement, and it is shocking that so many are overlooking the positive contribution disabled people can make to their organisation.

“Employers need to make a change now and we need them to monitor recruitment, retention and progression of disabled staff. Once they understand the full picture, they will be able to take action to remove the barriers faced by disabled people.”

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