Twenty-one FTSE 100 companies have already signed up so far, including Marks & Spencer, BT and Royal Mail.
This week, construction recruitment specialist TBT Recruitment became the 5,000th organisation to become Disability Confident, pledging their commitment to attract, recruit and retain disabled workers.
The Minister for Disabled People, Work and Health, Penny Mordaunt, said:
“A fantastic range of employers from small start-ups to influential businesses like The Guinness Partnership and TBT Recruitment are making a public commitment to improve opportunities for disabled people.
“If they can do it, every one of the FTSE 100 companies can take the first step by signing up to be Disability Confident too.
“Disabled people make up a significant proportion of the potential workforce, and employers must ensure they don’t miss out on some of the best talent in their community.
“I urge our country’s top businesses to use their power and influence to set the agenda on disability employment for companies everywhere.”
Almost a fifth of the working age population is disabled, and the vast majority of these people will develop their condition or impairment during their working life.