Employing and retaining disabled people in the State Sector

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Disabled people are a fabulous untapped talent pool of loyal and committed employees. They bring a perspective that can help transform an organisation’s culture, client relations and performance for the better.

The State sector is in a unique position to take a leadership role in employing disabled people and take advantage of their skills.

This toolkit will assist:

Leadership Team - drive and champion change required to build an inclusive workplace.

Human resources teams’ activities attract the best possible candidates and retain staff.

Managers know how to get the best from all employees, including disabled employees.

This toolkit covers the following areas:

Understanding Disability

What is disability?

There are many different kinds of disability – including physical, sensory, intellectual or mental health related.

A disability may be visible or hidden, permanent or temporary and could have a minor or major impact on a person’s life.

No two people are the same, and no two people with the same disability experience it in the same way.

The Facts

  • 21% of people aged 15 to 64 years are disabled.
  • 85% of disabled 15 to 64 year olds are not disabled at birth.
  • 24% of people in New Zealand are disabled.
  • 45% of disabled adults are employed compared with 72% of non-disabled adults.
  • 61% of disabled people aged 15 to 64 were working in paid jobs in 2013.
  • 74% of those who weren’t employed said they would like to work if a job was available.
  • 3.7- 6.9% of employees in the State sector identify as being disabled.
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