Disabled people need to apply for 60% more jobs

Opinium surveyed 2,000 disabled people on behalf of disability charity Scope, and found that more than half (51%) of applications from disabled people result in an interview, compared with 69% for non-disabled applicants.

Further to this, two in five unemployed disabled jobseekers don’t feel confident about their chances of finding one in the next six months, with more than quarter of those believing they are less likely to be hired than a non-disabled applicant. Of those who feel unconfident, more than a third (37%) feel this way because they believe employers won’t hire them because of their impairment or condition.

As a result, more than half of disabled people have applied for jobs for which they know they are overqualified for, with one in three saying that they did so because they felt that their disability makes them a less attractive candidate than non-disabled applicants.

Find out more about this research here.