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UK government helps jobseekers with disabilities by adding more advisers

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To support jobseekers with disabilities, the government will add 315 Disability Employment Advisors (DEA) by May 2021.

This comes as the number of Disability Confident employers in the UK reaches a record breaking 20,000 this week, as more businesses joined the likes of Microsoft, Sainsbury’s and Network Rail, who already lead the way as inclusive employers.

“We are committed to seeing 1 million more disabled people in work by 2027 and as we recover from the pandemic we are redoubling our efforts to boost the support for disabled jobseekers.” said Minister for Disabled People, Justin Tomlinson

“This is a challenging time, but we will be building on the record disability employment we have seen by protecting, supporting and creating jobs for disabled people.”

The recruitment drive builds on the 13,500 new Work Coaches taken on by the department over the past 9 months to support Britain’s recovery effort.

The additional Disability Employment Advisers roles will start to be filled internally from this month, bringing total numbers to 1,115 once the process is complete.

DEAs cover every jobcentre in the country and work alongside Work Coaches, specialising in finding the right support to help clients who have a disability or health condition into work.

With the UK government’s Plan for Jobs underpinned by the Access to Work scheme, people with disabilities are already benefitting. The scheme, now available to those who work from home, includes grants worth up to £62,900 and can cover the cost of the workplace adjustments that disabled people need to do their jobs, including sign language interpreters, as well as services such as mental health support.

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