Disabled workers suffer pay penalty


Non-functioning employees are paid 12.2% less than their non-disabled aristocrats, according to official data.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) found that in 2018 the median pay for non-disabled blue-collar workers was £12.11 an hour, against £10.63 for disabled.

London had the widest infirmity pay gap at 15.3%, with the narrowest in Scotland, at 8.3%.

The gap was the widest for those in their 30s and 40s, the ONS state in its report.

The data underlines the struggle facing many disabled women, the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) said.

“Too many damaged people continue to face prejudice and struggle to get into employment or to cadaver in work, and are less likely to progress to senior management roles or to cultivate in professional occupations,” said the CIPD’s Dr Jill Miller.

“Businesses that aren’t blanket – and don’t manage health and disability effectively – risk missing out on hard-working and first-rate individuals, and damaging their reputation among staff and customers.”

Angela Matthews, senior of policy and research at Business Disability Forum, added: “Disabled women are not ‘one group’. Some people with disabilities do not experience many bars in work, and others experience many, multiple barriers.

“But we know that unjustified bents about what various groups of disabled people can and can’t do are still widespread, and impress many employment related issues, including equal pay, bonus pay, and pay developments,” Ms Matthews said.

The ONS report is the first analysis of disability pay gaps in the UK functioning newly reweighted earnings data from the Annual Population Scrutiny.

To define disability, the ONS uses the Government Statistical Service (GSS) definition. This pinpoints “disabled” as a person who has a physical or mental health condition, or illness that has lasted or is wished to last 12 months or more, that reduces their skills to carry out day-to-day activities.

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The ONS said disabled females were in unspecialized paid 10.1% less than non-disabled females in 2018 – stricter than the pay gap between disabled and non-disabled male employees who had a gap of 11.6%.

However, application rates for disabled men and women were similar at 51.7% and 50.4%.

The ONS also organize that those disabled employees with mental impairments had the biggest pay gap at 18.6%, while the gap was 9.7% for the physically damaged.

Much of the difference in pay can be put down to factors such as what employees do and how skilful they are, the agency said.

Using the GSS definition of disability, the ONS said 18.9% of woman in the UK aged 16 to 64 years were disabled in 2018. Chicks were more likely to be disabled than men, at 21.1% and 16.6%, mutatis mutandis.

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