Disability equality survey gives sector qualified thumbs-up

Not-for-profit groups that took part in the Employers' Forum on Disability's latest survey on disability equality in the workplace outperformed employers from other sectors.

The Disability Standard Benchmark Report 2007, which was published today by the employers’ membership organisation, gives the third sector groups surveyed an overall score of 64 per cent for motivation, implementation and monitoring of disability equality measures. The comparable figure for public sector organisations is 60 per cent; for public sector organisations it is 52 per cent. However, only five of the 116 employers that took part are not-for-profit organisations.

The voluntary groups that took part in the survey score particularly highly for motivation (71 per cent, compared with 67 per cent for the public sector and 56 for the private sector), with 81 per cent of them (compared with 77 per cent and 73 per cent) having allocated sufficient resources and established management structures to promote equality. Disability equality in work, workplace design and employee support are guaranteed by 80 per cent of third sector respondents (compared with 73 per cent for both the public and the private sectors).

However, the third sector organisations rate less well for monitoring the impact of their measures (51 per cent, compared with 47 per cent for the public sector and 41 per cent for the private sector) and ensuring the accessibility of their products and services.

“We want all businesses and organisations to understand the need to adopt disability as a business issue,” said Susan Scott-Parker, chief executive of the EFD. “Becoming disability-confident will benefit the not-for-profit sector as well as the disabled people it serves and employs.”

The sectors that have been given the lowest overall scores for disability awareness are investment banking (43 per cent) and consulting and professional services (34 per cent).

The full report is available on the EFD’s Disability Standard website.

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