What barriers do disabled people face?

“You’re not what we’re looking for. Someone else was a better fit.”

All too often disabled people hear statements like this at every attempt to find a job. But what are the obstacles put in disabled people’s way when getting into, staying in, or progressing in work?

Getting into work

Disabled people face many barriers getting into work from outdated employer attitudes through to recruitment policies that aren’t accessible.

You’ll be shocked to hear that on average, disabled people apply for 60% more jobs than non-disabled people in their job search and 85% of disabled people don’t believe attitudes in the workplace have changed over the last four years.

Together we’re going to change this. Sign up to Work With Me today and be part of that change.

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Staying in work

Disabled people tell us that negative experiences at work often make it hard to perform at their best. 58% of disabled people in work feel at risk of losing their jobs and half have experienced bullying or harassment at work because of their impairment.

This just isn’t good enough and there’s lots we can all do right now to stop this happening. Start by reading the Work With Me tips and advice.

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Reaching career goals

Often disabled people are overlooked for promotion as a result of their impairment. Through our research, we found that more than half of disabled people have applied for jobs they know they are over-qualified for and one in eight disabled people (15 per cent) have been overlooked for a promotion.

Our resources for employers will have lots of advice on how to make sure that this doesn’t happen so be the first to read it by signing up to support Work With Me and get regular updates.

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