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Disabled people shut out of job market due to workplace bias

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Disabled people shut out of job market due to workplace bias

  • A million disabled people in the UK can and want to work but are unemployed
  • Virgin Media and Scope respond with ground breaking campaign – ‘Work With Me’

Disabled people are being “shut out of the jobs market” in huge numbers due to the attitudes and discrimination they can face throughout the recruitment process, according to research published today.

These findings are echoed by latest Government figures which show that there are one million disabled people in the UK who want to and are able to work but are currently not employed1.
Scope and Virgin Media have responded with a ground breaking new multi-year campaign – ‘Work With Me’ – to support more disabled people to get into and stay in work.
An Opinium survey of 2,000 disabled people2 commissioned by Scope to launch the campaign found that when applying for jobs only half of applications result in an interview, compared with 69% for non-disabled applicants. Disabled people also, on average, apply for 60 per cent more jobs than non-disabled people in their job search (on average 8 applications compared with 5).
The research found that more than a third (37%) of disabled people who don’t feel confident about getting a job believe employers won’t hire them because of their impairment or condition. Read more.