What is it about?

The aim of the paper was to investigate how managers and employees perceive a range of different job seekers, and to map the main obstacles for assessing these job seekers positively. Respondents were presented with vignettes describing job seekers who either had a mental illness, a physical disability, or represented a cultural minority.

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Why is it important?

The work shows how managers and employees perceive job seekers who are vulnerable to discrimination in the recruitment process, and identifies barrier-profiles that can be a starting point vocational rehabilitations actors and others to increase knowledge, reduce discrimination and create good job matches.


The paper shows what types of disabilities or traits are not favoured by employers, and reveals the rationale behind these assessments. It shows how perceptions differ by type of disability or background, and these findings are useful for anyone interested in increasing work participation among groups that are underrepresented in work life.

Tonje Fyhn
NORCE Norwegian Research Centre

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This page is a summary of: A mixed methods study of employers’ and employees’ evaluations of job seekers with a mental illness, disability, or of a cultural minority, Work, September 2021, IOS Press, DOI: 10.3233/wor-213568.
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