Statistical information on people with disabilities in Britain
Statistics of disabled workers in the UK
According to a Office for National Statistics Labour Force Survey carried out in 2009 there are approximately 7 million people in the UK who are classified as having a disability. This equates to roughly 18 per cent of the working age population.
The disability statistics study also revealed that 1.3 million disabled people in the UK who are economically active and available to work. However of these it is estimated that only 50 % are actually in employment.
Research has also shown that those with a mentally disability have a even less chance of being employed, as nationally only 20 % from this group are in employment.
It was also revealed that over 20% of disabled people had less or no educational qualifications as compared to roughly 9 % of the general population.
They are also more likely to be employed in part time work rather than full time employment, and their gross hourly pay is likely to be less than other non disabled workers.
They are under-represented in higher level and managerial jobs.
All of these figures would indicate that employers may be afraid of employing someone who they unfairly view as having health problems that may affect their work performance.