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Disabled People ‘Struggling To Get Work’

Oct 2, 2017


New research has revealed that disabled people have to apply for 60 per cent more roles than non-disabled people in a bid to get a job.

A survey of 2,000 disabled adults carried out by charity Scope also found that half of applications for roles by disabled people lead to a job interview, compared to 69 per cent among non-disabled applicants.

The charity has shared its research as it’s launching its new campaign Work With Me to highlight the skills many disabled people have and to break down the barriers to employment. The organisation wants the government and businesses in the UK to take action to help narrow the disability employment gap.

If you’re looking for new staff at your offices for let in Merseyside, you need to ensure you consider all applicants equally.

24-year-old Lauren Pitt, who is visually impaired, told her story to the Independent, explaining that she went for more than 250 roles before finally getting a job, despite holding a BA honours degree and three A-levels.

“If and when I got to a face-to-face interview, it felt like employers weren’t looking at the skills that I had, but my disability,” she revealed.

Ms Pitt explained that the company that did employ her was able to take advantage of the government’s Access to Work scheme to get her a screen reader and the other equipment she needed to do the job.

She told the newspaper that she doesn’t think enough companies know about the scheme and that some are put off of hiring people with disabilities because they worry about having to fund the cost of such equipment themselves. 

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