The government has announced that it will boost the number of specialist advisers dedicated to helping disabled jobseekers to secure and stay in work.
An additional 315 Disability Employment Advisors (DEA) will be placed jobcentres across the UK by May 2021.
The news comes as the number of Disability Confident employers in the UK reaches a record 20,000 this week.
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.
“I know 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.
“I know personally how valuable a diverse and inclusive workforce can be, so it is fantastic to see employers across Britain signed up to government programmes like Disability Confident. I would encourage other organisations, big or small, to follow their example and support disabled people to unlock their full potential.”
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.