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Over half of Deaf people have experienced discrimination at work, Totaljobs finds

To raise awareness for Deaf Awareness Week (15-21 May 2017), Totaljobs have undertaken research, which highlights the experiences of deaf employees in the workplace.

The survey of 437 deaf people found that:

  • 72% of deaf people have received no support (because of being deaf) in finding a job
  • 56% (more than half) have experience discrimination in the workplace due to being deaf or hard or hearing
  • 25% of deaf people have quit their job due to discrimination
  • 19% have not told their employer they are deaf or have experienced hearing loss

The survey was done in collaboration with five leading deaf charities, Action on Hearing Loss, Scottish Council on Deafness, British Deaf Association, Wales Council for Deaf People, and SignHealth.   

You can read more in the full report: Deaf jobseeker and employee experiences survey

BID's Employment Service provides support in helping deaf people find sustainable employment. The team also work closely with employers in order to raise awareness of deaf people's skill sets and ambitions, to challenge inequality in the labour market and to promote the many benefits of employing deaf people, including a diverse workforce.

If you (or someone else) are deaf or hard of hearing and experiencing discrimination in the workplace, please contact the Employment Team, employment@bid.org.uk who will be able to assist with guidance and signpost you to the right service for support.

For enquiries or further information about the survey/report, Please contact Charlene Hetherington, PR & Communications for Totaljobs via email, charlene.hetherington@totaljobsgroup.com or call 0207 572 4448


Posted 25th May 2017