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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Disability employment disadvantage
The disability employment gap (DEG) is the percentage point difference in the employment rate between non-disabled and disabled people. The trend has been downwards from 33 to 28 percentage points (a 15% fall). The prevalence-adjusted DEG is a composite measure which takes account of the impact of a substantial increase in disability prevalence (30%) on the DEG. This measure was stable at an average of 5.6% until the third quarter of 2019 after which it increased to 6.7%.
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?