SME’s have no plans for disabled employees

Over 75% of businesses in Britain do not have a written policy about how employees with disabilities should be handled.

Research from Remploy and ComRes found that only eight percent of all SMEs that do not currently employ disabled people have any interest about learning if disabled people could work at their companies.

Since SMEs make up about 99% of all the UK businesses the research is disappointing for those who may have learning disabilities or mental health issues since it shows that SMEs are not likely to employ them.

Today only an estimated one out of every five SMEs will hire a disabled person, but out of those about two thirds reported they would not hire someone with mental health issues or a learning disability.

Two thirds of the employers in the survey reported that they do not need support on the legal ramifications of the disabled laws, and also do not need any information about hiring people with disabilities.  Out of these only half even knew the provisions outlined in the Disability Discrimination Act.

Chief executive of Remploy, Tim Matthews, stated that in general businesses are usually worried about the reliability of people with disabilities versus “normal” workers but that in his experience with Remploy those with disabilities are often more likely to take fewer days off work and stay at their jobs longer.

He continued to say that the amount of people with disabilities who currently hold a job is scandalous when compared to how many people would like to have a job.