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Disability at DWP

DWP is recognised as a Disability Confident Leader, demonstrating the departmental commitment to attracting, recruiting and retaining disabled people and supporting them in achieving their full potential. As users of the disability confident symbol, we have made a firm commitment to guarantee a place in the final assessment stage to all disabled applicants who have:

  • a physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long term (over 12 months) adverse effect on your ability to carry out normal day to day activities; or have been diagnosed with HIV infection, cancer or multiple sclerosis; and
  • meet the minimum criteria at the application stage

A full definition and examples can be found on this webpage. You will be asked at the initial application stage if you wish to apply via the scheme.

Reasonable Adjustments

DWP is committed to making reasonable adjustments for disabled candidates who may require additional help throughout the application process. Adjustments to the recruitment process can vary, and may include:

  • conducting interviews in a suitable location which doesn’t disadvantage the candidate, for example on the ground floor
  • written tests instead of a computer assessment
  • giving applicants time to arrange for an interpreter at assessment centre/interviews and
  • being accompanied by an interpreter
  • larger print for written information
  • flexibility around the time and location of an interview.

You will be asked at the initial application stage if you require a reasonable adjustment. More information regarding reasonable adjustments for online tests can be found on this webpage.

Workplace Adjustments

If a candidate is offered a post, Vacancy Holders will have a conversation with them about any workplace adjustments they will need to do the job due to an underlying health condition.




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