Disability workforce reporting consultation

Closes 25 Mar 2022

Opened 16 Dec 2021


This survey fulfils the National Disability Strategy commitment to consult on workforce reporting for large employers (250 employees and above) on disability. The consultation is being led by the Disability Unit, in the Cabinet Office, and responds to calls to improve data and transparency on disability in the workforce.

Through this consultation, the government is exploring how best to increase transparency and reporting practices that support the cultural changes required to build a more inclusive society. Reporting on disability within a workforce has the potential to provide an important baseline from which employers can assess the impact of their inclusive practices on the recruitment and retention of disabled people. How we establish this baseline, however, requires careful consideration.   

This consultation includes questions on current practice and how workforce reporting on disability might be stepped up, exploring both voluntary and mandatory reporting practices. We are keen to hear from both employers and disabled employees (and their representative groups).

We will use responses to build an evidence base about: 

  • current reporting practices, and what works well

  • the case for and against implementing a mandatory approach to reporting 

  • how a mandated approach to reporting, if adopted, might be implemented in practice

  • if there are alternative approaches that could also be taken to enhance transparency and increase inclusive practices

The consultation is open to organisations and people across the UK, but its primary focus is on Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales). This is because employment and equality issues are fully devolved in Northern Ireland. A Welsh language summary and consultation paper is available at https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/disability-workforce-reporting

This consultation is split into the following sections:

  • About you or your organisation

  • Section A - Understanding the current landscape

  • Section B - Benefits and barriers to disability reporting

  • Section C - Considerations if mandatory disability workforce reporting were to be implemented

  • Section D - Alternative approaches

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