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4th November 2019

People with disability paid almost a fifth less than non-disabled employees

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The TUC has fund that disabled workers are paid 16% less than non-disabled colleagues and in response to this, they have created Disability Pay Gap Day. They found that disabled workers earn on average £1.65 per hour less than non-disabled workers, which is a gap around £3,000 per year based on a 35-hour week.

Global talent acquisition and the advisory firm found that 20% of disabled workers have put off buying children’s clothes due to lack of money, compared to 12 per cent of non-disabled workers. And over 34% of disabled workers have cut back on food for themselves, compared to 18% of non-disabled workers. As well as 35% of disabled workers have gone without heating in contrast to 17% of non-disabled workers.Disabled people are also less likely to have a job, 52% of them are in work, whereas 82% of non-disabled people have jobs.

The TUC believes the Government needs to do more in order to help and protect disabled workers.Frances O’Grady, TUC general secretary, said: “Everybody deserves a fair chance to get a job with decent pay. Being disabled should not exclude you from choosing to work. And it should not mean you’re put on a lower wage.

The next government must show they care about disabled people in Britain today. A good start would be a new law to make employers publish their disability pay gap and a plan of action to address it.”

This news comes after research in September 2019 which found that 77 percent of disabled knowledge workers hold the opinion that outdated technology in the workplace is limiting work opportunities for disabled people.