Glaring Employment Gap For People With Epilepsy Exposed

People with epilepsy face a glaring employment gap according to recent government figures highlighted by Epilepsy Action. Statistics show that as much as 66% of working age people with epilepsy are not in work. This has prompted Epilepsy Action to call for fairer access to, and treatment in, the workplace.
The employment rate for people with epilepsy is far lower than for people with most other disabilities, according to data from the Office for National Statistics. The rate for people with epilepsy as their main condition is 34% compared to 53% for people with disabilities generally. This is compared to an employment rate of 81% for those without a disability. Research by the Trade Union Congress (T.U.C.) has also highlighted that people with epilepsy in work are paid on average 11.8% less than non disabled workers.
Some people with epilepsy are unable to work at all. But depending on how epilepsy affects their daily life many people can work with minimal adjustments. Despite this they commonly report experiencing hurdles when applying for jobs or within the workplace. They say that disclosing their epilepsy at interviews can have a negative impact on their application. Many talk about experiencing discrimination from their employer or colleagues.
In a recent Institute of Employment Studies report, employers admitted they were reluctant to hire people with epilepsy largely due to safety concerns.
To access the Epilepsy Action toolkit for businesses to support their staff with epilepsy, visit epilepsy.org.uk/awarenesstraining.
Source Epilepsy Action