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Barriers Faced

Many disabled people say that they are available for work, and that they want to work. Unfortunately, for many, they face significant barriers when trying to enter the work force and to stay in work.

The barriers faced by disabled job seekers will vary from individual to individual, but some examples are included below:

  • Employer attitudes and discrimination: Many disabled people have experienced some form of stigma, stereotyping or discrimination. This ranges from very minor incidents to more serious cases of harassment and bullying.
  • Transportation: A lack of accessible or convenient transport may interfere with a person's ability to be independent and to function in society.
  • Physical:  Structural obstacles that block mobility or access can prevent disabled people from moving in and around the workplace.
  • Lack of or low qualifications: Disabled people are more than twice as likely as non-disabled people to have no qualifications. More than one fifth (21.4%) of disabled people in Scotland were estimated to have no qualifications in 2019 compared to 8.0% of non-disabled people (ONS, Annual Population Survey). However, even when educated to degree level, disabled people are less likely to be employed than non-disabled people without a degree.
  • Lack of confidence: Many disabled people are anxious of how their impairments will be viewed/treated by an employer or colleagues, and experiences of being marginalised and excluded often have a negative impact on self-image - making it harder to promote themselves to potential employers.
  • Communication: Communication barriers are experienced by disabled people who are D/deaf, hearing impaired, have speaking difficulties, have reading and / or writing difficulties, or who use different ways to communicate than people who do not have these impairments.

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