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Workplace disability data: the unexpected upside

June 11, 2024

In a world where diversity and inclusion are increasingly recognised as key drivers of business success, the employment landscape for disabled people is a stark reminder of the work that still needs to be done.

According to the UK parliament, there were 5.53 million working-age disabled people in employment between October to December 2023.

With over 10 million people in the UK reporting that they are disabled, this translates to an employment rate of 54.2% for people with disabilities, compared to 82% for non-disabled people.

A similar disability employment gap can be found in other industrialised countries, and in developing countries, the data is even more staggering, with the UN reporting that 80% to 90% of working-age people with disabilities are unemployed.

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