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Employment: Disabled

Volume 506: debated on Monday 22 February 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 2 February 2010, Official Report, columns 257-58W, on employment: disabled, what estimate she has made of the (a) number and (b) proportion of disabled people employed (i) full-time and (ii) part-time in the (A) public and (B) private sector in each year since 1997. (317944)

There are currently 5,819,000 people of working age who declare a disability that corresponds to the Disability Discrimination Act’s definition of disability. Of these, 2,783,000 (47.8 per cent.) are in employment. This has increased from 1,975,000 (39.7 per cent.) for the comparable quarter in 1998. Over the same period, the gap between the employment rate for disabled people and the overall employment rate has narrowed from 34.4 to 25.1 percentage points.

The information requested is in the tables.

Number of people with a Disability Discrimination Act disability in full and part-time employment in the public and private sector

Private sector

Public sector

Full-time

Part-time

Full-time

Part-time

1998

1,062,000

421,000

323,000

153,000

1999

1,216,000

463,000

340,000

164,000

2000

1,240,000

482,000

364,000

172,000

2001

1,294,000

474,000

383,000

192,000

2002

1,367,000

510,000

418,000

212,000

2003

1,377,000

532,000

432,000

206,000

2004

1,465,000

565,000

457,000

228,000

2005

1,433,000

518,000

464,000

233,000

2006

1,469,000

593,000

476,000

242,000

2007

1,492,000

592,000

483,000

247,000

2008

1,496,000

582,000

491,000

244,000

2009

1,413,000

582,000

529,000

237,000

Note:

The figures given do not add up to 2,783,000 because a small number of cases have missing values for either the full-time/part-time or the private sector/public sector variables.

Source:

Labour Force Survey, quarter 3, 1998 to 2009.

Proportion of working age people with a Disability Discrimination Act disability in full and part-time employment in the public and private sector as a percentage

Private sector

Public sector

Full-time

Part-time

Full-time

Part-time

1998

21

8

6

3

1999

23

9

7

3

2000

23

9

7

3

2001

23

9

7

3

2002

24

9

7

4

2003

25

9

8

4

2004

25

10

8

4

2005

25

9

8

4

2006

25

10

8

4

2007

26

10

8

4

2008

25

10

8

4

2009

24

10

9

4

Note:

Percentages do not add up to 100 per cent. because a small number of cases have missing values for either the full-time/part-time or the private sector/public sector variables.

Source:

Labour Force Survey, quarter 3, 1998 to 2009.

Proportion of employed people with a Disability Discrimination Act disability in full and part-time employment in the public and private sector as a percentage

Private sector

Public sector

Full-time

Part-time

Full-time

Part-time

1998

54

21

16

8

1999

56

21

16

8

2000

55

21

16

8

2001

55

20

16

8

2002

55

20

17

8

2003

54

21

17

8

2004

54

21

17

8

2005

54

20

18

9

2006

53

21

17

9

2007

53

21

17

9

2008

53

21

17

9

2009

51

21

19

9

Note:

Percentages do not add up to 100 per cent. because a small number of cases have missing values for either the full-time/part-time or the private sector/public sector variables.

Source:

Labour Force Survey, quarter 3, 1998 to 2009.