Inequality among disabled people is still prevalent and one of the key social issues in the UK today. People with disabilities experience lack of equal opportunities especially in the employment sector. During the coronavirus pandemic period, this has further widened and made the situation even worse for them.
Not only are they finding difficulty in getting the right employment, but they earn substantially less than their non-disabled peers.
Below statistics clearly shows the employment gap between disabled and non disabled people. And, this is causing increased anxiety level and lack of confidence among disabled people in the UK.
8.4 million people of working age (16-64) reported that they were disabled in October-December 2020, which is 20% of the working age population
The unemployment rate for disabled people was 8.4% in October-December 2020, up from 6.9% a year previously.
3.6 million disabled people of working age were economically inactive. These people were not in work and not looking for work. This was an increase of 226,000 from a year before.
7 in 10 disabled people employed in March (71%) have been impacted by loss of income, furlough, unemployment or other damaging effects as a result of the pandemic.
42% of employers were discouraged from hiring disabled job applicants due to concerns around supporting them properly during the pandemic.
1 in 5 employers (20%) say they would be less likely to hire someone if they were disabled.
Of course, the UK government is making efforts in reducing this gap by supporting people with disabilities in finding jobs, enhancing their skills and motivation so that they feel valued and respected. But, still more needs to be done and that to very quickly.