This has mostly involved endlessly tweeting the hashtag #disabilityconfident and organising corporate events where large employers and Ministers all meet up to tell each other how wonderful they are being to disabled people. Then they can all go back to sending disabled people on workfare safe in the knowledge that the campaign they invented has told them that’s okay.
You might expect however that the DWP’s own treatment of their disabled staff would be exemplary. This is after all the branch of government which also includes the Office for Disability Issues. The shocking truth, as revealed in their own research, is that disabled employees at the DWP are twice as likely to get sacked as non-disabled staff and just half as likely to get promoted.
The figures come in the DWP’s annual Equality Information Report which covers the year 2013. It shows that on every significant indicator disabled staff are treated worse than those who are non-disabled. Here’s a quick breakdown of the figures:
The DWP employs 95,923 people, with 6.8% of staff having declared some form of disability.
Disabled people were more likely to be disciplined: 2.9% of the disabled workforce at the DWP faced some form of disciplinary action compared to just 1.9% of non-disabled workers.
Disabled people were far more likely to get sacked: Of those that left the department, disabled people were over twice as likely to have been sacked as non-disabled employees. 17.1% of disabled people leaving the DWP were sacked compared to 8.4% of non-disabled staff.
Disabled people were more likely to raise a grievance: 2.7% of disabled workers raised a grievance with the DWP compared to 1.6% of non-disabled workers.
8 .6% of the people who left the DWP were disabled, higher than the rate of disabled employees (6.8%) showing that disabled people were more likely than non-disabled people to leave the department in 2013.
Disabled people were less likely to be given a job: the report doesn’t give percentages of successful applications but they can be worked out. 16.6% of non-disabled people who applied to the DWP were successful compared to 14.2% of disabled people.
Disabled people were less likely to be promoted: Disabled staff were only half as likely to get promoted with just 0.3% of the DWP’s disabled workforce being promoted compared to 0.6% of non-disabled workers.
Perhaps reflecting this, disabled people were less likely to be in senior roles. 89.8% of disabled staff were in the lowest three categories of seniority compared to 87.4% of non-disabled staff. On the higher grades disabled people were under-represented at every single level.
And of course, disabled people get paid less at the DWP. On average across all salaries, disabled people were paid 0.8% less than non-disabled people.
Is this disability confident, or is this disability discrimination?
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