Labour Market Stats show more disabled people are in work, but the disability employment gap remains static

The Office for National Statistics has today released Labour Market Figures for October to December 2015

Scope’s analysis of the number of disabled people in work reveals that: 

•    The number of disabled people in employment has increased by 152,000 since the same period in 2014. 

•    The employment rate for disabled people is now 46.7%, an increase of 1.1% on the same period in 2014.

•    However, the gap between the employment rate of disabled people and the rest of the population is 33.6%, which is the same as the previous year. 

Mark Atkinson, chief executive of disability charity Scope, says:     

“Today’s employment figures show an increase in the number of disabled people in work. This is really positive news. 

“However, a closer look shows there is still a huge gap between the employment rate of disabled people and the rest of the population. 

“While overall unemployment is at its lowest ever level, disabled people are at risk of being left behind in the recovery. 

“This is evidenced by the fact that the gap has remained static at around 30% for more than a decade. 

“The Government has made a welcome commitment to halve the disability employment gap.

“If this ambitious target and the drive for full employment are to be realised, the Government must invest in expert, tailored support for disabled people and create flexible, modern workplaces.
 
“The upcoming White Paper on health, disability and employment is an opportunity to reform the system and make it work for disabled people." 

Notes to the editor:

For more information and interviews contact Jenna Pudelek in the Scope press office on 0207 619 7155 or email jenna.pudelek@scope.org.uk. 

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