According to think tank data, people with disabilities face a 44% wage gap compared to the non-disabled population.
Resolution Foundation report reveals that the gap between disabled (£19,397) and able-bodied (£27,792) has actually decreased by 10% between 2020 and 2021, down from 54% in 2013 became. The population with disabilities faced a cost of living crisis with “lower than average incomes”.
Using statistical analysis and a new YouGov survey of just under 8,000 working-age adults, a report on costly disparities argues that this gap can be explained by the low employment rate of workers with disabilities. . .
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Half of the disabled population of working age (54%) is working, compared to four-fifths of the non-disabled population (82%).
Rosie Clarke, head of inclusive and diverse services at Inclusive Employers, said people with disabilities are “a very diverse group that offers a wealth of skills, talents, ideas and perspectives that businesses and service providers can benefit from.” I pointed out that
However, they are often misunderstood or perceived negatively by employers who have the erroneous perception that hiring and retaining people with disabilities is cumbersome, and therefore seek the ‘easier’ route to hiring people without disabilities. “Take it,” she said.
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However, two-fifths (41%) of people with disabilities have no heating at home this winter, and almost one-third (31%) have had to cut back on food costs.
While the study acknowledged recently announced government support, including a repeat of the £150 Disability Living Payment in 2023, further measures were taken in light of the economic hardships faced by persons with disabilities. I asked for
Commenting on the findings, Joanna Pritchard, chief executive of The Valuable 500, which is committed to innovation in disability inclusion, said, “It points to a depressing stagnation in progress that businesses must redress.” Stated.
“We need people with disabilities to occupy leadership positions in the workplace and we need equal pay opportunities across the hierarchy. Wages or unemployment remain, but business holds the key to changing the employment environment for the better,” she added.
Meanwhile, a recent survey by Bupa found that 2 in 5 (43%) of employees with invisible disabilities do not disclose it to their employers. Just under a quarter of her affected people (23%) do not disclose their condition because they are afraid they will not believe them.
Cheryl Samuels, Deputy Director of Workforce Transformation at NHS England, says a key area for employers to focus on is ‘building an inclusive work culture’. [their] Because work is good for everyone, barriers are reduced and opportunities are opened to support, nurture and develop those who choose to work with innovative solutions,” she said. .
But Angela Matthews, director of policy and research at the Business Disability Forum, said:
She said companies “need to be careful that the story of ‘poor people with disabilities’ doesn’t creep into the workplace inclusion agenda.” This stigmatized narrative can all too easily lead to division and inaccuracy in the very workplace seeking and trying to eliminate equality gaps within organizations. ”