Remploy deal signs Tesco up to employ 100 disabled staff

Disability employment agency Remploy has signed a deal with the UK's largest private employer, Tesco, that will see the supermarket chain employ at least 100 disabled people over the next year.

A parallel contract, between Tesco and the Shaw Trust, will result in a further 100 disabled people being employed by the company.

Stuart Knowles, Remploy's executive director of Interwork services, said: "This agreement represents an example to other employers and is the culmination of a very thorough review by Tesco of its employment practices."

The agreement formalises a partnership that has been running on an ad hoc basis over the past few years. Tesco said it wanted to increase the number of successful disabled job applicants to ensure that its workforce better reflected its customer base. Remploy will be notified of job vacancies.

The supermarket chain has also pledged to continue turning 200 work placements for disabled people into permanent jobs every year.

The partnership will help Tesco to meet its obligations under the Disability Discrimination Act.

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