Accessible Employment Guide

Attitude is Everything publishes Accessible Employment Guide

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Attitude is Everything has published a new Accessible Employment Guide, as part of a concerted bid to improve the inclusion of Deaf and disabled workers in the commercial music sector.

Research suggests that disabled people remain hugely underrepresented at all levels of the UK music industry, despite significant increases in disabled audiences at live music events and the fact that 19 per cent of working adults are considered disabled under the Equality Act.

More concerningly, a study published by UK Music in April 2021 found that one in five disabled people in the music industry have faced discrimination at work.

Attitude is Everything’s new guide wants to help address and remedy this situation.

Aimed at businesses of all scales, and particularly small and micro-sized enterprises without extensive HR resources, the free downloadable publication offers simple and straightforward tips on how to attract talented Deaf and disabled workers with advice on everything from accessible job interviews and accessible meetings to suggested adjustments to office and work environments.

It also features comprehensive first-hand insights from Deaf and disabled people about the challenges they face in the workplace, as well as changes to employment practices that can alleviate these barriers.

Five immediate takeaways from conversations with more than 50 people working in the music or live events industry who identify as Deaf, disabled, neurodivergent or who have a physical or mental health condition were:

  • Seventy-nine per cent believed that barriers related to their impairments had impacted on their career

  • Fifty-one per cent had withdrawn from a job application process for accessibility related reasons

  • Thirty-two per cent were working fewer hours than they wanted to

  • Fifty-one per cent felt their impairments had been a factor in not getting a role they had applied for

  • Twenty-seven actively concealed their impairments or health conditions from employers. A further 40 per cent said they sometimes concealed this information

Paul Hawkins, head of volunteering and skills development at Attitude is Everything, said: “Our research shows that Deaf and disabled people face barriers applying for jobs in the music industry and that many of those with impairments or health conditions who do work in the industry are concerned about the consequences of identifying themselves as disabled, especially if they are freelance or not in secure employment.

“Over the last year, we’ve found that there is a lot of desire for a more inclusive and diverse industry but that organisations are not always sure of the steps needed to make that happen. Our Accessible Employment Guide is designed to be clear and concise and to give companies the information they need to start making changes today.

“The events of the last year have turned many conceptions about the workplace on their head and we’re keen to support the music industry to build back for all and for the industry to come back a stronger, more effective and more diverse place where everyone can succeed based on their talents. We hope that this guide will help to make that happen.”

A full copy of the guide can be found here: