Welfare to Work

Companies reject applications from IB claimants (CIPD)

Companies admit that they reject applications from former IB claimants or people with a history of long-term incapacity or illness. it is interesting that The Times is quoting this now given that the original research was undertaken in 2006.

A CIPD survey of more than 1000 employers found that almost 1 in 5 (18%) did not consider job applications from people on IB for reasons of mental ill health. 1 in 10 employers did not consider applications from people on IB for reasons of physical ill health. CIPD found that for all IB claimants, effective exclusion from the recruitment process was relatively high in the private sector and amongst small and medium sized employers.”

…the measures designed to improve work incentives and provide support for claimants who have the potential to work will need to overcome concern on the part of a significant number of employers about the potential employability of people with a track record of poor health, says CIPD’s Chief Economist John Philpott.

CIPD report

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