Employment among disabled people

The employment rate for disabled people is 29 percentage points below the non-disabled rate. It is highest in England and lowest in Northern Ireland.

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Link to source: Labour market status of disabled people

The employment rate among 16- to 64-year-old disabled people has gradually increased over the past two decades. However, the rate is still almost 30 percentage points lower than the equivalent rate for non-disabled people. Just over half of working-age disabled people are in employment.

Changes to the survey means that there are three distinct periods within which rates are not directly comparable with those in other periods.

Changes to the survey means that there are three distinct periods within which rates are not directly comparable with those in other periods.

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Link to source: Labour Force Survey

The employment rate among disabled people in the UK ranges from 36% in Northern Ireland to 51% in England. The rates have increased in all parts of the UK since 1998/99 and all areas have seen an increase of at least 4 percentage points in the last four years.