BBC announce plans to hire more disabled people

BBC announce plans to hire more disabled people

The BBC have unveiled plans to increase their targets for disabled candidates from eight per cent in 2020 to 12% in 2022 – The Irish News reports.

The broadcasting behemoth will introduce numerous changes after recommendations were put forward by their existing staff and the BBC’s Ability network, which supports employees with disabilities.

The BBC say that these changes will ensure that recruitment processes, for all levels of job, provide the appropriate support for disabled candidates. Additionally, they will introduce a centralised “BBC Passport” to inform managers about the individual needs of employees, as well as disability awareness training for all line managers.

Anne Bulford, BBC Deputy Director-General and Project Sponsor, says that the “project has given us a unique opportunity to hear from disabled colleagues across the BBC, to understand their concerns, aspirations and how we can make the BBC the best organisation for them.

“We are committed to creating a vibrant, diverse organisation that values difference and capitalises on the talents of everyone who works here and supporting the career progression of disabled staff is essential to achieving this,” she says.

A recent review – highlighting numerous proposals for change – has prolonger their commitment to be the “most support and inclusive organisation to work for”.

As it stands, the review revealed that 94.4% of BBC employees have disclosed whether or not they have a disability - with 10.4% of its current workforce and 9.5% of leaders reporting that they do have a disability as defined by the UK Equality Act.

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Disabled employees participating in the review findings said that hearing from role models with disabilities would hugely benefit them.

As part of the final review in a series focussing on culture and career progression, previous reviews have also considered gender, ethnicity, LGBT and socio-economic diversity.

Tunde Ogungbesan, BBC Head of Diversity, Inclusion and Succession, says: “These five reviews exploring BBC culture and the career progression of employees across our workforce have provided an opportunity for colleagues to work together, share their views and ideas and shape the action we are taking now to create a more inclusive BBC.”

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