The government will boost the number of specialist advisors dedicated to helping disabled jobseekers to secure and stay in work, with an additional 315 Disability Employment Advisor (DEA) roles to be in jobcentres across the UK by May 2021.
This comes as the number of Disability Confident employers in the UK reaches a record 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.
Minister for Disabled People, Justin Tomlinson, said:
“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.”
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.