The Labour Force statistics
out today - Wednesday 16 August 2017 - show that the disability employment gap remains unchanged since the last quarter at 31.3 percentage points.
The gap has stubbornly stood at over thirty percentage points for over a decade.
James Taylor, Head of Policy at disability charity Scope, said:
“These figures should be a wake-up call to the Government.
“Despite pledging to get one million more disabled people into work, the disability employment gap remains frozen and we are yet to see detail on how this will be achieved.
“Urgent action is needed to narrow this divide which is why the Government must set out a cross-government strategy to ensure more disabled people can enter, remain and progress in work. This need to include an overhaul of out-of-work support for disabled people, as well as reform of employment support and sick pay.”
Notes to the editor:
For more information contact Warren Kirwan in the Scope press office on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 7619 7702.
- The disability employment gap is still 31.3 percentage points.
- This is a decrease of 0.8 percentage points compared to last year (the period April to June 2016). There is no change over the last quarter.
- There has been a slight increase in the employment rate of disabled people over the last quarter ( +0.2 percentage point) while the employment rate of non-disabled people has increased by 0.4 percentage points over the same period.
- The number of disabled people in employment has increased by 104,000 since the same time the previous year (April to June 2016).
- The employment rate for disabled people in the period April to June 2017 was 49.2 per cent.
- This is an increase of 1.3 percentage points compared to April to June 2016 (the previous year).
- The employment rate for non-disabled people has also increased by 0.5 percentage points since this time last year.