Closing the disability employment gap

Section: Policy into PracticeType: News Item Date Published: 22nd November 2017

New research notes that just 42% of disabled people in Scotland are in employment.

Bridging The Gap, published by Disability Agenda Scotland (DAS), highlights the disparity between the employment rate for disabled people (42%) and the Scottish population as a whole (73%).

The report notes a range of barriers to employment for disabled people and includes recommendations on how best to reduce the disability employment gap.

DAS chair Delia Henry said: “While some disabled people are not able to work, for others being in work has both economic and social benefits. But they face barriers to entering the labour market – not just physical or related to their mental health – but also in terms of societal and employer attitudes. Employment rates have actually fallen among some groups, such as those living with sight loss, who now have an employment rate of 29%.”

DAS wants the Scottish Government to set ‘realistic but ambitious’ targets to close the employment gap; more resources to support those in work; and public sector organisations to lead by example in recruitment.

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