Disability

Disability in the workplace: mind the (pay) gap?

Disability in the workplace: mind the (pay) gap?

Claire Powell and Ryan Bradshaw, who specialise in employment law, assess current pay challenges faced by disabled workers. It is easy to assume that in the UK in 2020 a physical or mental disability will not determine your salary. However, figures from the Office of National Statistics (“ONS”) have shown that the employment landscape in the UK is far from inclusive. The pay gap for disabled worke... »

How one million disabled people are shut out of employment in the UK

How one million disabled people are shut out of employment in the UK

Earning a living is a right most of us take for granted. But one million disabled people are currently being denied the opportunity to work, say campaigners. Those who could make an important contribution to the economy have been shut out by outdated attitudes, employers’ unwillingness to invest and outdated transport infrastructure. Today three bright young people reveal their workplace struggles... »

Disabled workers paid 12% less, ‘damning’ UK official figures show

Disabled workers paid 12% less, ‘damning’ UK official figures show

Charities say negative attitudes and lack of understanding of disability hold people back.  Disabled people continue to face prejudice in the workplace campaigners have said, after latest government figures showed they were paid on average 12.2% less than those without impairments, equivalent to £1.48 an hour. According to Office for National Statistics (ONS) data, the median pay fo... »

People with disabilities ‘left behind’ in workforce

People with disabilities ‘left behind’ in workforce

Two out of three people with a disability are unemployed. People with disabilities are being left behind with two out of three unemployed, a disability conference has heard.   The Irish Wheelchair Association’s WorkAbility 2019 Summit heard that over 63% of people with disabilities are “caught in a permanent recession”. The conference, which took place in Croke Park, highlighted the benefits ... »

Disability and age discrimination are top concerns for UK employees

Disability and age discrimination are top concerns for UK employees

More than half of employees say the inclusion of disabled people is an area that requires the greatest improvement within their organisation; with the diversity of age groups coming in a close second at just under half. This is according to the latest findings from Wildgoose’s Diversity and Inclusivity in the Workplace survey. The results suggest a shift in the areas that employees prioritise when... »

Disability champions set to open industry doors

Disability champions set to open industry doors

On International Day of Persons with Disabilities (3rd December) the government  announced that it will be recruiting 6 new disability champions to help tackle the issues disabled people face as consumers. The champions will use their influential status as leaders in their industries to promote the benefits of being inclusive to disabled people across 6 new areas: fashion, technology, country... »

Strictly Come Dancing’s Lauren Steadman hopes to be first disabled dancer in the final

Paralympian Lauren Steadman is hoping to become the first disabled dancer in the Strictly final…if she can make it through this weekend. The swimmer-turned-paratriathlete, 25, says: “I’m so proud to have made it to the semi-finals of Strictly. The competitor in me always wanted to make it as far as I possibly could. “Normalising disabilities was one of the reasons I wanted to do the show and... »

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