Difficulty finding work

Most (95%) working-age people with disability who are unemployed or not in the labour force report at least one difficulty finding work. Own ill health or disability is the most common reason (44%), followed by:

  • too many applicants for available jobs (25%)
  • lacked necessary skills or education (23%)
  • insufficient work experience (18%) (Table 1).

Table 1: Working-age people(a), selected difficulties in finding employment, by disability status, 2015 (%)

Selected difficulties finding employment

With disability

Without disability

Own ill health or disability

43.5

1.7

Too many applicants for available jobs

24.8

35.1

Lacked necessary skills or education

23.2

19.5

Insufficient work experience

18.3

20.9

No vacancies at all

17.8

21.1

Considered too old by employers

17.2

9.2

Other difficulties

16.0

10.7

Too far to travel/transport problems

9.4

6.7

No feedback from employers

7.3

8.9

(a) Aged 15–64 with disability living in households who are unemployed or not in the labour force.

Note: More than one difficulty may be reported.

Source: ABS 2016; see also Table S3.

References

ABS (Australian Bureau of Statistics) 2016. Microdata: disability, ageing and carers, Australia, 2015. ABS cat. no. 4430.0.30.002. Canberra: ABS. AIHW analysis of TableBuilder.