On 17 October, Kim Hoque delivered the annual Arthur Priest Memorial Lecture held jointly by the Manchester Industrial Relations Society and the CIPD. He began by discussing the labour market disadvantage experienced by disabled people, and then emphasised that the government’s policy to address this disadvantage (and the disability employment gap in particular) has focused largely on supply side efforts.
The findings of his recent research with Nick Bacon and David Allen on the Government’s main employer initiative, Two Ticks, shows that the proportion of disabled people in the workforce, disabled people’s in-work experience, and the adoption of disability equality policies and practices is no better in Two Ticks than non-Two Ticks workplaces. He also emphasised that it is unlikely the successor scheme to Two Ticks (Disability Confident) will have performed any better.
He outlined the demand-side policy recommendations within Ahead of the Arc regarding organisational practices, procurement, legal interventions, the role of organised labour, business advisory networks, self employment, and the importance of transparent reporting. He concluded by discussing the efforts disability@work have made in collaboration with Leonard Cheshire and the All Party Parliamentary Group for Disability to seek the incorporation of the report’s recommendations into government policy.