Jobs for People with Epilepsy
Epilepsy affects around 600,000 people in the U.K. and it is considered a disability. This includes both Convulsive Epilepsy and Non-convulsive Epilepsy.
For Convulsive Epilepsy to be qualified as a disability, it is stated that you must either:
- Have daytime seizures that cause you to lose consciousness, or
- Have nighttime seizures that cause severe daytime complications.
For Non-Convulsive Epilepsy to be qualified as a disability, you must:
- Experience seizures night or day that cause severe interruptions to your behaviour and ability, and
- You must have at least one seizure a week
To get a diagnosis, you need to visit a doctor and complete a full examination. Once diagnosed, you cannot be discriminated against in work or recruitment due to your epilepsy-related disability.
For more information on Protected Characteristics and how you should be protected in the workplace, check out our information, here.
How Can Epilepsy Affect Job Seekers?
Epilepsy can greatly affect your ability to find and keep a job. This means it qualifies as a disability and you are protected under The Equality Act.
Having epilepsy means you might not be able to travel to work alone, you may need to work from home, you may need a service animal, and so on, depending on your individual case.
Nearly two-thirds of adults of working age with the condition of epilepsy in the U.K. are unemployed. This implies that much more work needs to be done to support people with epilepsy in the workplace.
Just one of the ways that people with epilepsy can be supported in the workplace is through Reasonable Adjustments.
Under the law, employers are required to make any Reasonable Adjustments that disabled employees need to complete their work in an appropriate and safe way. Employees can not be treated differently or left unsupported because they have a disability.
It is important that you know your rights, so make sure to check out our advice on Reasonable Adjustments at work.
What Are the Best Jobs for People with Epilepsy?
What jobs you are able to do with epilepsy will depend on the specifics of your condition. Many people with epilepsy are not able to drive or work in certain safety conditions, but that won’t be the same for everyone with the condition.
The most important thing when looking for a job with epilepsy is looking for a Disability-Confident employer who is willing to understand your condition and make the Reasonable Adjustments you need to make your work safe, appropriate, and comfortable.
Where Can You Find the Best Paying Jobs for People with Epilepsy?
If you have epilepsy and want to find the right job for you, check out our disability-specific job board for new listings.
You can also get in touch with us with any questions or queries about your rights and how you should be treated in the recruitment process and in the workplace.