Barriers to Employment for Disabled People

Goldstone C. Further analysis by Meager N | Research Report DWP 95 | Department for Work and Pensions | Feb 2002

This report presents findings of a survey conducted with 2,008 employers aimed at identifying and examining the barriers to employment which disabled people face. The study compares findings with earlier research conducted amongst employers, to chart transitions over time, and explores three key areas:

  • the existence and nature of policies relating to the employment of disabled people
  • employers' practices with regard to disabled people in the workplace
  • employers' awareness of and responses to government initiatives and legislation, in particular the Disability Discrimination Act 1995.

The study was carried out by researchers from NOP Consumer, with further analysis by the Institute for Employment Studies.