If you have a disability or long term health condition, you may require adjustments to be made during the recruitment process to enable you to perform to the best of your ability. By informing an employer of what you need and why, the employer can ensure that these adjustments are implemented on the day of your interview/assessment.
In this section, we address the following concerns and frequently asked questions:
There is no mention of adjustments or disability support on the application form. Will my employer provide adjustments during the recruitment process?
Yes. Employers implement adjustments because they want you to be able to demonstrate your full potential during the recruitment process. They also have a legal duty to do so. The Equalities Act 2010 states: "Employers have to make "reasonable adjustments" to ensure that a disabled employee was not treated less favourably than their non-disabled counterpart."
How do I ask for an adjustment?
You can simply inform an employer of what you require and why. One way of approaching this is to explain the consequences of not receiving the support or adjustments that you require.
What types of adjustments can I request?
The type of adjustments you request will depend on your disability and what you need to perform well at different stages of the application. For example, you may request for the provision of assistive technology or an interpreter at an interview/assessment centre. You can request for extra time or a change in the format of an assessment, if it is not accessible to you.
Who should I contact about adjustments?
During the recruitment process it will usually be someone from the recruitment team who will liaise with you regarding your needs. You can find dedicated disability contact information for employers on MyPlus Students’ Club and on the employer’s website.
Will I have to pay for adjustments?
No. It is the employer’s responsibility to implement the adjustment, provided you have informed them of what you need and have given sufficient notice. However, external funding is also available from Access to Work (AtW); this is government funding covering the additional costs of employing disabled people.
I need an adjustment but I don’t wish to tell them about my disability.
It is understandable that you may not wish to talk about the nature of your disability to your employers. However you must understand that it is difficult for an employer to provide what you need if you don’t tell them. Rather than discussing your disability, focus on the impact your condition has on your ability to undertake the role.