The following is according to the UK's Office for National Statistics' Labour Force Survey, Sept - Dec 2006, for people of working age only.
- Nearly one in five people of working age (6.9 million, or 19%) in Great Britain are disabled
- Only about half of disabled people of working age are in work (50%), compared with 80% of non disabled people of working age
- Almost half (45%) of the disabled population of working age in Britain are economically inactive i.e. outside of the labour force. Only 16% of non-disabled people of working age are economically inactive- homeshoring information
- There are currently 1.2 million disabled people in the UK who are available for and want to work.
- Employment rates vary greatly according to the type of impairment a person has. Disabled people with mental health problems have the lowest employment rates of all impairment categories at only 21%. The employment rate for people with learning disabilities is 26%.
- Disabled people are more than twice as likely as non-disabled people to have no qualifications (26% as opposed to 10%)
- The average gross hourly pay for disabled employees is £10.31 compared to £11.39 for non disabled employees.
|Main impairment||% in employment|
|Difficulty in hearing||59|
|Skin conditions, allergies||63.3|
|Heart, blood pressure/circulation problems||58.7|
|Difficulty in seeing||48.5|
|Stomach, liver, kidney or digestive problems||59.7|
|Other health problems or disabilities||53.5|
|Arms or hands||52|
|Back or neck||48.7|
|Legs or feet||45.4|
|Progressive illness not included elsewhere||42.1|
|Depression, bad nerves or anxiety||25.8|
|Mental illness, phobias, panics or other nervous disorders||13.3|
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