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There were 5.53 million working-age disabled people in employment in October to December 2023, an increase of 338,000 from October to December 2022  according to  The House of Commons Library. in March 2024 However they are just over a fifth of the UK’s working-age population – tend to have lower levels of employment. Legislation has made discrimination against disabled people unlawful, but the employment gap persists, requiring policy interventions to reduce inequalities.

Disabled people typically have lower employment rates than those who are not disabled. This trend, which is found across the world, is referred to as the disability employment gap and it forms a key indicator of disability-related inequalities in the labour market.

Monitoring and identifying causes of the disability employment gap provide insights into how it might be addressed. Source from What is the disability employment gap and why is it important? - Economics Observatory the disability employment gap is 29%. 

The disability employment gap measures the difference between the employment rate of disabled people, compared to that of non-disabled people.

Source: Labour Force Survey October to December 2021                                   

also they is a low number of people with a  learning disability in paid work  this seems to be  getting  lower every year.

Here we look at the proportion of adults aged 18–64 with a learning disability receiving long-term support who are known to the council as being in paid employment.

The proportion of adults with a learning disability in paid employment has decreased over time, from 6.0% in 2014/15 to a low of 4.8% in 2021/22. A slightly higher proportion of men with a learning disability are employed than women; in 2021/22, 4.1% of women with a learning disability were in paid employment compared with 5.3% of men.

In 2014/15 there was a change to the definition of the eligible population so results prior to this are not directly comparable Source NHS Digital, 20 Oct 2023 so what is happening to disabled people and people with  a learning disability that  are not known to a  System. Let's go on a journey together. below to make change !