UK: Disabled people deserve pay equality UK: Disabled people deserve pay equality

UK:  Disabled people deserve pay equality
04 Mar 2019

Gender pay inequality is a hot topic, yet The Guardian reports that people with disabilities still receive lower pay.

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) demonstrates that far fewer disabled people hold a job at all. Its 2017 disability pay gap report found a rate of only 35% employment among disabled men and women. The figure rises to 63% for men without disabilities and 57% for women.

The same EHRC report found a disability pay gap of 7% for women, rising to 13% for men, from 1997-2014. The gap widened further for disabled adults from ethnic minorities. The TUC found that an average wage was £9.90 per hour for workers with disabilities in 2017 - £1.50 an hour less than the non-disabled pay average. A total of £2,730 a year.

Many working people with disabilities rely upon benefits to support their working life. Part-time hours and low-status roles are common. The Guardianpreviously reported a rate of 6% employment among people with learning disabilities, despite 65% saying they wanted to work.

These patterns appear in America too. Employment for adults with disabilities is 18.7% and 65.7% for those without, the Bureau of Labor Statistics says. Pay far below the minimum wage from any employer with a Department of Labor certificate is granted by The Fair Labor Standards Act, though some states have now outlawed the practice. Similar moves towards lower pay for workers with learning disabilities in the UK failed.

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Gender pay inequality is a hot topic, yet The Guardian reports that people with disabilities still receive lower pay.

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) demonstrates that far fewer disabled people hold a job at all. Its 2017 disability pay gap report found a rate of only 35% employment among disabled men and women. The figure rises to 63% for men without disabilities and 57% for women.

The same EHRC report found a disability pay gap of 7% for women, rising to 13% for men, from 1997-2014. The gap widened further for disabled adults from ethnic minorities. The TUC found that an average wage was £9.90 per hour for workers with disabilities in 2017 - £1.50 an hour less than the non-disabled pay average. A total of £2,730 a year.

Many working people with disabilities rely upon benefits to support their working life. Part-time hours and low-status roles are common. The Guardianpreviously reported a rate of 6% employment among people with learning disabilities, despite 65% saying they wanted to work.

These patterns appear in America too. Employment for adults with disabilities is 18.7% and 65.7% for those without, the Bureau of Labor Statistics says. Pay far below the minimum wage from any employer with a Department of Labor certificate is granted by The Fair Labor Standards Act, though some states have now outlawed the practice. Similar moves towards lower pay for workers with learning disabilities in the UK failed.

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