Right now there are over one million disabled people who can and want to work but are being shut out of the workplace.
We know that disabled people are more than twice as likely to be unemployed as non-disabled people.
And our new research, released today, demonstrates that many disabled people are being consistently overlooked in the jobs market.
When applying for jobs only half of applications from disabled applicants result in an interview, compared with 69% for non-disabled applicants.
Our 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.
Doors shut. Barriers Up. No way forward.
This has resulted in disabled people being more than twice as likely to be unemployed as non-disabled people. And, it’s no surprise the disability employment gap has remained stubbornly stuck for a decade.
It’s time for this to change.
That’s why we’ve partnered with Virgin Media to launch a new campaign to raise awareness of these issues and to call on businesses and government to take action on disability employment urgently.
Work With Me aims to support disabled people to get into and stay in work and raise awareness that nobody should be overlooked because of their impairment or condition.
It’s time for action now
We’ve kicked off the campaign with a giant installation spelling out ‘Work With Me’ on London’s Southbank to make the issue clear.
We were joined by some of our amazing disabled Storytellers who’ve told us about the barriers that the face every day as they try to get the job that they want.
And we need your help too.
Be part of making change happen, find out more on our website and share #WorkWithMe on your social media networks.
We’ll be publishing a series of powerful stories, videos and photography over the coming weeks to highlight the issue so that we can secure everyday equality for disabled people.