By law, all employers must treat all job applicants equally regardless of any health conditions they may have. Some employers make it clear that they want disabled people to apply.
Find inclusive employers
Look for employers whose websites and job adverts say that they want to increase diversity or are an equal opportunities employer.
Business Disability Forum members
Glassdoor is a website designed to make employers more transparent. You can search for an employer you are interested in and find:
- reviews from current and former employees on what they are like to work for
- sample interview questions
- if they have supported disabled employees (if a disabled person has reviewed them).
Ask people in your network. If you are on LinkedIn, see if you are connected to someone who has worked at the company.
Your local job centre may also be able to help you to find disability-friendly companies in your area.
You can phone larger employers and ask if there is a person responsible for including disabled people at work. If the employer feels comfortable answering this question, it can be a good sign.
Employers can still be inclusive, even if they do not say that they are. You should still apply, and ask for adjustments to your interview or to the role if you need them.
You can also contact the employer directly. You could ask them what they have in their policies to:
- support applications from disabled people
- support disabled people at work.
Asking for adjustments to your interview or assessment
Networking to find a job
'Disability Confident' organisations
The Government runs Disability Confident, which replaced the ‘Two Ticks’ scheme.
All Disability Confident organisations:
- have committed to offer an interview to disabled people who meet the minimum criteria for a job
- can use the Disability Confident symbol on their websites and job adverts.
If you want to get an interview under Disability Confident, you will need to say that you are disabled in your job application.
Disability Confident employers (GOV.UK)
Look for the Disability Confident symbols
Look for these symbols on job adverts.
Only Level 3 ‘leader’ organisations have been assessed by someone independent to see if they're meeting their commitments to disabled people.
Committed (Level 1)
Employer (Level 2)
Leader (Level 3)
Employment information supported by Virgin Media.
Last reviewed by Scope on: 24/04/2018
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