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Disability statistics

Disability is not often talked about, but it affects more people than you think.

Here are some useful statistics to demonstrate why it is so important to become a more inclusive business.

Disabled people in the UK

  • There are around 14 million disabled people in the UK.
  • 7.5 million disabled people are of working age.
  • 3.7 million disabled people of working age are out of work.

The disability employment gap

  • The disability employment gap has been stuck at around 30 percentage points over the last 10 years.
  • Disabled people are more than twice as likely to move out of work as non-disabled people.
  • 74% of disabled people feel they have lost out on a job because of their impairment.
  • Disabled people who acquire an impairment or condition as an adult are nearly 4 times more likely to fall out of work than non-disabled people.

Extra costs

  • On average, disabled people face extra costs of £570 a month related to their impairment or condition.

Negative attitudes

  • 2 in 5 disabled people feel the need to disguise their disability as a result of stigma and negativity.
  • 85% of disabled people feel employer attitudes haven't improved over the last 4 years.
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