The disability employment gap has remained stagnant at around 30 per cent, whilst the disability pay gap has widened since the government’s 2015 ambitious manifesto pledge to halve it.
This is according to a November 2019 report from Trade Union Congress (TUC) that examines the disability employment and pay gap.
The report also finds that:
- Disabled people experience significant barriers to getting and keeping jobs which results in an employment gap of around 30 per cent.
- The 15.5 per cent pay gap is a major contributing factor to the financial stress experienced by disabled workers.
- An intersectional approach is needed for tackling the significantly higher pay gap faced by disabled women.
- A shift from ineffective voluntary approaches to public policy is imperative to drive substantial change in the disability pay gap.