Providing Evidence for Policy & Practice
on Disability in the Workplace
Disability@Work is a group of four academic researchers who have a long-standing interest in disability in the workplace and in the labour market. This is our website.
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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The Disability Employment Gap
The Disability Employment Gap (DEG) measures the percentage point difference in the employment rate between non-disabled and disabled people of working age. It is measured from National Statistics reported quarterly by the Office for National Statistics.
It has fallen from 33.5 percentage points in 2013 to 28 percentage points in 2020. This downward trajectory is less than the conservative government commitment set in 2015 to halve the DEG and is largely explained by an increase in the reporting of disability (Jones and Wass 2015).
The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Disability Report, Ahead of the Arc: A Contribution to Halving the Disability Employment, provides bold and imaginative ideas targeted towards employer behaviour and organisational practice to achieve the step change needed to make real progress on this commitment.
When the Government launched its long-awaited strategy on disability and employment, Improving Lives, it confirmed a change in its measure of progress from halving the difference in employment rates between disabled and non-disabled people by 2020 to a million more disabled people into employment by 2027. Does the target matter for measuring progress? If it does, which target is best?