More disabled people in work, but employment gap remains static

The Office for National Statistics has today released labour market figures for the period June to September 2016.

Scope analysis reveals that:
  • The number of disabled people in employment has increased by 242,000 since the same time the previous year (June to September 2015).
  • The employment rate for non-disabled people has also increased by 0.4 percentage points since this time last year. 
  • The disability employment gap is 32.2 percentage points.
  •  In work disabled people are more than twice as likely to fall out of work than non-disabled people (10.1% of employed disabled people fall out of work compared to 3.8% of non-disabled people).
  • 1.7m working age disabled people not in work for over five years (48% of all who are out of work).

Mark Atkinson, chief executive at disability charity Scope, said:  
 
“It’s positive news that there are nearly a quarter of a million more disabled people in work than this time last year. 
 
“But the difference between the employment rate of disabled people and the rest of the population has remained stubbornly static at nearly 30 percentage points for the past decade.
   
“Scope analysis shows that disabled people are almost three times as likely to fall out of work.
 
“That’s why the Government’s recent consultation on disability, work and health is particularly important. It recognises the need for real change in the back to work support for disabled people, and sets out some bold ideas for reform. 
 
“Scope wants to see this lead to an overhaul of the fitness for work test, better access to specialist and personalised employment support, more action by employers, and more flexibility and support at work for working disabled people.”
 

 
 
 

Notes to the editor:

For more information contact Katie Adams in the Scope press office on 020 7619 7200 or email katie.adams@scope.org.uk 

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