RIDI exists to create disability confident recruiters. We do this by raising awareness and removing barriers to help reduce the UK disability employment gap. RIDI is a non-profit initiative and is driven by the ongoing commitment and generosity of our partners and sponsors. As there is no one-size fits all, your organisation can get involved with RIDI in range of different ways that are best suited to helping you to remove barriers and employ more disable people:
- Become a Gold or Silver partner. Your support as a partner will actively enable RIDI to improve life chances and employment outcomes for disabled people; it also demonstrates to the world your brand’s commitment to improving the prospects of disabled jobseekers. Benefit from the recognition of a strong alliance with RIDI throughout the year and exceptional coverage of your brand at our events and awards.
- Sponsor the RIDI Awards. Align your brand with excellence, innovation and success in breaking down the barriers facing disabled people in the world of work. The Awards offer an outstanding opportunity to network and associate your firm with the very best disability inclusion success stories. Download our Sponsorship flyer for more information.
- Join the RIDI 100. Accelerate your disability confidence via our network of industry experts and inclusive recruiters. Lead the movement of change to drive greater disability confidence in recruitment.
Jane Hatton, Director Evenbreak
Jane Hatton, Director Evenbreak
“The work of RIDI is vital in ensuring that disabled voices are able to inform and influence policy and practice, and I believe that creating genuine inclusion for disabled people in the workplace largely depends on employers gaining confidence in this area.”
Disability inclusion calculator
Ideally every workforce should include around twenty per cent of disabled people. You can use our Disability Inclusion Calculator to see how you measure up and calculate your disability employment gap.
If you currently employ 20% or more people with a disability, congratulations! Kindly note the calculator will show 0% as your target if you use it to enter 20% or more as your current number of disabled employees.
How many people do you currently employ?
Actual number of people currently with a disability:
Target number of people with a disability:
Your current % of disabled people
Your disability gap
You need to employ this number of disabled people to close the gap:
Become Disability Confident
The Government’s Disability Confident scheme encourages businesses to recruit and retain disabled people, and people with health conditions, for their skills and talent.
The Disability Confident scheme was created to help employers draw from the widest possible pool of talent, as over seven million people of working age in the UK (17.5 per cent) are disabled or have a health condition.
If you become Disability Confident it can benefit your organisation in a number of ways:
• Draw from the widest possible pool of talent
• Attract high quality staff who are skilled, loyal and hard working
• Save time and money on the costs of recruitment and training by reducing staff turnover
• Keep valuable skills and experience
• Reduce the levels and costs of sickness absences
• Improve employee morale and commitment by demonstrating that you treat all employees fairly
• Being externally recognised as a Disability Confident organisation will show your commitment to employing disabled people and grow your reputation for being an inclusive employer.
Bridging the gap
We are looking for recruiters who want to work with us to drive disability confidence in the industry and work towards bridging the disability employment gap.
Nearly seven million people of working age in the UK have a disability but the employment rate for disabled people lags well behind non-disabled people. Only 46 per cent of working age disabled people are in employment compared to 76 per cent of working age non-disabled people. This represents a gap of around two million.
RIDI believes more needs to be done to bridge the gap and build disability confidence into our recruitment and employment strategies.
What is the Disability Employment Gap?
There are nearly 12 million disabled people in the UK. But 79 per cent do not have a job and there is a disability employment gap of around 30 per cent . That’s just over two million people.
The UK government aims to get over one million disabled people into work by 2020 in order to halve the gap. The government’s Disability Confident scheme is one of a number of measures it is taking to try and halve the disability employment gap.
RIDI wants to help every recruiter and employer in the UK to hire at least one disabled person, which will completely fill the disability employment gap.
To achieve this, RIDI’s One In A Million campaign began with a debate at the House of Commons in Spring 2016.
The debate closed with 75 per cent of attendees pledging to hire at least one disabled candidate in the next 12 months – positioning them as, ‘one in a million’.
Watch out for more to follow from this campaign during 2017-18.