Work


In this section we aim to explore the impact of RA at work, and how people might manage a job alongside the challenges of RA.

More needs to be done to allow people with RA to continue meaningful work.


In general over two thirds of people with RA believe that more can be done to support them in the work place.

Support in the workplace

Feelings and experiences of work differ depending on location.

Select an aspect of workplace support to see the proportion of people with RA who do not feel they receive adequate support

Canada

47%

France

59%

Germany

48%

Italy

46%

Netherlands

44%

Spain

57%

Sweden

49%

United Kingdom

50%

Number of respondents = 1379

Canada

40%

France

53%

Germany

40%

Italy

42%

Netherlands

34%

Spain

52%

Sweden

38%

United Kingdom

38%

Number of respondents = 1167

Canada

40%

France

52%

Germany

36%

Italy

43%

Netherlands

34%

Spain

50%

Sweden

39%

United Kingdom

38%

Number of respondents = 1147

Despite major advances in the treatment of RA, the physical symptoms of the condition continue to be the main barriers for people carrying out work.


Respondents to the RA Matters survey cited difficulty using hands (52%), fatigue (43%) and pain (39%) as the biggest challenges to carrying out their work.

Career progression

RA can have a huge impact on an individual's career, even in younger people under 40.

Click on the career progression statement below to explore how RA has impacted the careers of people at different ages.

Percentage of people living with RA who feel their work has been impacted by RA

Number of respondents = 5357

A large number of people feel their career progression has either been slowed, or that they have been forced to retire, due to their RA.


48% of patients who undertook RA Matters reported feeling that their career progression had slowed or that they had been forced to retire.