Employment: Disability

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 6th March 2020.

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Photo of Baroness Stroud Baroness Stroud Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the most common physical impairments to employment.

Photo of Baroness Stroud Baroness Stroud Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to conduct an audit to determine the most common physical impairments to employment; and when any such audit may take place.

Photo of Baroness Stedman-Scott Baroness Stedman-Scott The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

The table shows the numbers of disabled people in or out of work, and the employment rate of disabled people by main physical health condition in the UK in April to June 2017. The most common physical conditions for disabled people in and out of work are musculoskeletal conditions.

In work (000s)

Out of work (000s)

Total disabled people (000s)

Disabled employment rate (%)

Problems or disabilities (including arthritis or rheumatism) connected with arms or hands

246

212

458

53.7

Problems or disabilities (including arthritis or rheumatism) connected with back or neck

585

452

1,036

56.4

Problems or disabilities (including arthritis or rheumatism) connected with legs or feet

432

333

765

56.5

Difficulty in seeing

47

38

85

54.9

Difficulty in hearing

40

24

65

62.3

Severe disfigurements, skin conditions, allergies

53

30

82

64.0

Chest or breathing problems, asthma, bronchitis

235

198

433

54.4

Heart, blood pressure or blood circulation problems

203

210

412

49.1

Stomach, liver, kidney or digestive problems

217

143

361

60.3

Diabetes

142

117

259

55.0

Epilepsy

26

66

92

28.0

Progressive illness not included elsewhere (e.g. cancer, multiple sclerosis, symptomatic HIV, Parkinson’s disease, muscular dystrophy)

157

259

416

37.7

Total with a physical health condition

2,381

2,082

4,463

53.4

Source: Characteristics of disabled people in employment, DWP/DHSC, Table 4, April to June 2017

Notes:

  • For those who are out of work the reason they are out of work may not be due to their disability.
  • The Department have announced the planned publication of Official Statistics on 24th March on ‘Employment of disabled people 2019’. These statistics give a detailed analysis and break downs of the number of disabled people in employment.
  • Disability status is defined according to the Government Statistical Service harmonised standard, in line with the Equality Act 2010 core definition.
  • 'Main health condition' refers to the health condition that the survey respondent considers their main condition.
  • Out of work refers to both those who are unemployed and economically inactive.
  • Figures are for the working age population, comprised of people aged 16 to 64.
  • Data is subject to sampling variation and is not seasonally adjusted.
  • Precision of statistics is limited by small sample sizes.

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