The Department for Work and Pensions reported that over 46,000 people have used a new search engine filter that gives them a direct line to Disability Confident employers, in the first six months of the tool being launched.
Jobseekers have been able to search for vacancies with Disability Confident employers on the government’s Find a Job website since November 2018.
The news is evidence that there is growing demand for opportunities with inclusive employers.
Disability Confident is the government’s flagship disability employment scheme which supports employers of all sizes to recruit and retain disabled staff.
More than 11,000 employers across the country have already signed up, with the number growing steadily every week.
Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work Justin Tomlinson said: “Recruiting disabled talent isn’t an act of charity – it’s what smart employers are doing to get ahead of the competition.
“There are 7.6 million working age people in the UK who have a disability, and many of them are more than able to work.
“It’s no longer good enough for employers to make excuses. With the support of Disability Confident, your business can reap the many rewards of being inclusive.”
The latest research shows half of all employers recruited someone with a disability or long-term health condition as a direct result of joining the scheme, rising to two thirds for larger employers.
Microsoft recently reached the highest level of the scheme to become a Disability Confident Leader.
Chief Operating Officer at Microsoft UK, Clare Barclay, said: “At Microsoft we believe that diversity and inclusion leads to better performing teams and higher quality output. By empowering people to be the best they can be, the culture that is created by those values and principles feeds through to our partners and customers.:
Meanwhile, Mr Tomlinson welcomed the latest employment figures from the Office for National Statistics which show there are 950,000 more disabled people in work compared to five years ago.