Autistic employee with her managerWe are working with Breathe, an independent research agency, on a project to understand the challenges experienced by employers around the recruitment and retention of autistic employees. 

As part of this study, independent researchers from Breathe would like to speak to people who are currently employing autistic people, or who have done so within the last two years.

If this is you, the researchers at Breathe would like to hear from you, to learn about your experiences through a 45 minute interview. 

To say thank you to everyone who gives up their time to take part, Breathe will be giving £75 to everyone they interview. 

What’s the criteria for taking part?

  • You must be currently employing and managing an autistic adult or will have done so in the past two years. 
  • You must be in a decision making position or involved in the selection process when it comes to taking on new staff. 
  • You need to be available to be interviewed for 45 minutes at some point between 1 July to 12 July.

When will I be interviewed? 

  • Breathe will be conducting interviews between 1 July to 12 July. 
  • The interview will take 45 minutes and the researcher will conduct the interview in a way that suits you. This could be by telephone, online via Skype or they may be able to come to you in person. 

What will I be asked at the interview?

  • The interview is just an informal chat between you and the researcher.
  • Researchers are particularly interested in any guidance, support or resources that you may have used to support autistic employees. 
  • Before your interview, the researcher will send you an agenda of things they would like to talk to you about, so you have a chance to think about what you want to say.

How do I apply to take part?

Please send an email to with:

  • your name
  • your address
  • your postcode
  • your contact telephone number
  • a brief outline of the work you do in your role
  • say whether you have employed, or currently employ, an autistic adult
  • any additional information you think might be helpful.

The project is completely confidential and anonymous.

How will I know if I’ve been selected to take part? 

Recruiters from the Breathe team will be in touch to arrange the interviews between 21 to 28 June.

If you don’t hear from the team then you have not been selected to take part. 

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