Having a long term illness, or caring for someone with M.E., often affects your work – and, potentially, your income.
It can be tough. You will need to make compromises and your priorities are likely to change.
It is important to consider your limits and be realistic about your health and/or abilities.
Some people with M.E. will not be able to work at all and will have to rely on savings, welfare benefits, insurance or private income.
Some will be well enough to do an hour or two of voluntary work, at home or in the community, at times which accommodate the fluctuations of their illness.
Some people with mild to moderate M.E. are able to work part-time or even full time as they move into recovery.
These pages are for people with M.E. who are in work or considering employment.
We have also produced a video, leaflet, booklet on M.E. and work - and an Employer's guide to M.E. which may be found in our section for employers.
If you are a carer
Carer’s face different challenges and have different rights. Read our overview.
Tell your story
If you have managed to get a job, keep your job or successfully return to work, while you have had M.E. or been a carer for someone with M.E., please tell us your story.
Sharing tips and experiences may help others in the same situation.
We would also like to highlight good practice by showcasing employers who provide proper support to employees with M.E. and carers.
Read other people's experience of employment and M.E.
Read past articles about employment in our InterAction archive.