Providing Evidence for Policy & Practice

Disability@Work is the website of a group of four academic researchers who have a common and long-standing interest in disability in the workplace and in the labour market.

By presenting accessible summaries of our research, our aim is to encourage governments, organisations and practitioners to engage with our findings and use them to inform workplace practice and labour market policy.

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Disability Talking

In Disability Talking drivers of the employment disadvantage for disabled people that we see in statistics such as the disability employment gap are uncovered as four disabled people describe the barriers and supports that they encounter in the workplace.

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Are disabled people’s employment rates improving?

Are disabled people’s employment rates improving?

An answer to this question requires a strong and consistent measure of disability. The Labour Force Survey measure is not consistent internally due to question changes or externally when compared with measures in other Government surveys.

 Does the type of work differ for disabled people?

What type of jobs for disabled people?

Disabled employees are concentrated in non-standard forms of employment such as self-employment and part-time employment.

Disabled people and pay disadvantage

Disabled people and pay disadvantage

The disability pay gap is between 10 and 20% with up to a half of this gap remaining after controlling for personal and job characteristics.

 Does the experience of work differ for disabled people?

Does the experience of work differ for disabled people?

There are disability-related gaps in reported wellbeing at work, perceived fairness of managers and job satisfaction when measured among otherwise similar workers in similar jobs. Such gaps provide an alternative and more encompassing measure of disadvantage at work.

All in it together? The impact of the recession on disabled people

All in it together? The impact of the recession on disabled people

Disabled people recount more negative effects in terms of changes to workload, work organisations, pay and access to training.

How can unions support disabled employees?

How can unions support disabled employees?

Trade unions may have an important role to play in representing the interests of disabled people, and in recent times have developed new specialist workplace Equality Representative and Disability Champion representative roles. What impact have unions in general (and these new representative roles more specifically) had in terms of improving workplace disability equality policy and practice?

Do equality policies and practices help?

How widely adopted are disability equality policies and practices?

Encouraging employers to offer all job applicants and employees equal opportunities to succeed at work has been a long-standing aim of governments and interest groups representing disabled people. A first step for employers is often to develop an equal opportunities policy and a range of equality practices to help deliver this.

The influence of the management and organisation of work on disabled people

The influence of the management and organisation of work on disabled people

Significant changes have taken place in recent times in relation to the way in which work is managed and organised. Have these changes have made the workplace a more welcoming or hostile environment for disabled people?