There are 6,000 public appointments each year in the fields of education, health, prisons and cultural institutions. With incomplete data collection (disability status of 35 per cent of existing appointments in unknown) and an absence of consistent monitoring, the best estimate is that around 3 per cent of appointments are held by disabled people.
Melanie Jones and Victoria Wass from disability@work advised on improving data collection and transparent reporting. This was based on two of our briefing notes on defining disability in government surveys and improving information on disability in organisations and on oral evidence presented to the inquiry in September 2018.
The Holmes Review recommends enhanced data collection and transparency and has set a target in relation to the representation of disabled people in pubic appointments at 11.3 per cent by 2022. This aligns with the average proportion of employees who report a disability in national statistics and is the target set by the civil service for senior civil servants in 2022.