Employing disabled people and people with health conditions

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A disabled person is somebody with a condition that has a substantial and long-term effect on their ability to do normal activities. This includes not just physical conditions but long-term mental health issues too.

There’s a significant gap between the proportion of disabled people employed compared with non-disabled people—but encouraging applications from disabled people is good for business. It can bring additional skills, increase the number of high-quality applicants, and create a workforce that better reflects the diverse range of customers it serves.

This guidance covers a wide range of topics to help employers consider how they recruit disabled people. It includes:

  • Why recruit disabled people?
  • Help employing disabled people
  • Disability law
  • How to recruit disabled people
  • Advice on specific conditions
  • Specific advice for smaller employers
  • Guidance from other organisations
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Department for Work and Pensions / Department of Health and Social Care

The Work and Health Unit of DWP and DHSC works to improve the health and employment outcomes for working age people.

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