Does the type of work differ for disabled people?

The types of employment available to disabled people is also of concern in addition to whether or not disabled people are able to find work. Analysis of the Labour Force Survey, a nationally representative household survey in the UK, shows that disabled employees are concentrated in non-standard forms of employment, including part-time and self-employment. Whilst this may reflect marginalization of disabled employees within the labour market this research suggests non-standard employment also offers an important way of accommodating disability at work.

Part time work

Source: LFS 2015

Self Employment

Source: LFS 2015

Articles within this theme:

Jones, M. (2007) Does part-time employment provide a way of accommodating a disability? The Manchester School, 75(6), p695-716.

Jones, M. and Latreille, P. (2011) Disability and self-employment: evidence from the UK LFS, Applied Economics, 43(27), p4161-4178.

Jones, M. and Wass, V. (2017) Written submission to Work and Pensions Select Committee on self-employment and the gig economy inquiry. Available at:

Jones M. K. and Wass, V. (2017) Written submission to Matthew Taylor Review of Employment Practices in the Modern Economy: Self-employment and Disability. Available at: