According to Office of National Statistics figures, there is a year-on-year increase of the number of disabled people in work. Minister of State for Disabled People, Mark Harper hailed the figures as further evidence of the UK’s jobs miracle.
More than 3.1 million disabled people are in employment with the number of unemployed disabled people falling by 10.9 per cent since last year to just over 399,000.
There is a year-on-year increase of the number of disabled people in work of more than 141,000 and 86,000 more disabled women in work. New statistics reveal a year-on-year increase of 141,000 disabled people in work – the equivalent of nearly 400 more for every day of the year.
Minister of State for Disabled People, Mark Harper said:
Our welfare reforms are about helping disabled people move into work and having the security of a regular wage.
These figures demonstrate how the UK jobs miracle is benefiting everybody in Britain and it is fantastic that there are now an additional 141,000 disabled people in work since this time last year.
I am also encouraged by the positive figures for the increasing number of disabled women in employment – 86,000, which would pretty much fill Wembley Stadium. It is clear that more and more companies across the country are waking up to the considerable talents of disabled people in the workplace.”
Through the Disability Confident campaign, the government is working with employers to remove barriers and increase understanding. According to a 2013 survey, 42 per cent of disabled people looking for work said one of the biggest barriers they faced was the attitude of employers.
Firms such as Asda, Barclays and BT are among the hundreds to have signed up and Disability Confident events are being held across the country, including by MPs.