Frequently asked questions

Why should I employ a person who has a disability?

Quite simply you could get the best person for the job and gain important skills in your workforce.  Skill shortages are a major issue for employers in competitive employment markets.  Widening your pool of potential recruits as far as possible makes good business sense.  Many disabled people have managed their disability in what can be a hostile world.  This often means they have developed strong skills in areas which employers value highly, including problem solving, tenacity, creativity and negotiation.

Will sickness absence be a problem?

Research shows that staff with disabilities have very good attendance records and, in fact, take less time off through sickness than non-disabled staff.

How can I ensure our building and work practises are accessible for people with disabilities?

JET can help with this - Employment Co-ordinators and Support Workers will work alongside the company to support the person in the job and advise the best way for them to learn and to be taught new tasks.  In this way, companies can be supported to be accessible in their communication, attitudes, information and organisational practises.

If the physical environment needs to be enhanced for accessibility, then JET's Occupational Therapist can complete worksite visits to advise any changes needed AND link with Jersey's Social Security Department, who can provide an Adaptation Grant for part costs of adaptations.  Making reasonable adjustments in the workplace is best practise for supporting people with disabilities.

The process of thinking about making necessary adjustments for disabled employees can generate helpful internal reviews, more flexible working patterns and more effective workplace systems and procedures, which can benefit all employees.

How can we ensure individuals with a disability will be supported and accepted by staff?

By creating acceptance and diversity in the workforce; the most progressive companies accept that having a workforce which reflects the community in which they operate is a basic building block in building social responsibility.  It shows commitment to the importance of equal opportunities and diversity.

Will employing a person with a disability mean more work for other employees?

No, the right person for the job will be put forward and JET's staff will support the person to learn and complete the job tasks and develop the natural support links with other employees in the workplace.  From a personal development viewpoint, many employees also benefit from the opportunity to provide training to disabled colleagues, learn from their experiences and even gain a different perspective of work tasks.

Are there Disability Discrimination laws in Jersey?

Not yet, though these are planned for the near future.  Companies can start to comply now - as equal opportunity legislation comes into Jersey it is important that companies act in compliance with the relevant legislation. This requires that all disabled applicants and employees are treated fairly.

Is there anything else we should know?

Yes, a disabled employee supported by JET is exempt from the headcount under the Regulation of Undertakings.

Find out more from companies who have successfully employed people with disabilities