Disability employment

Disabled adults still face significant labour market challenges. The disability employment gap – the difference in the employment rate between adults with a disability and those without one – remains stubbornly persistent at almost 30 percentage points.

Disabled adults still face significant labour market challenges. The disability employment gap remains stubbornly high and disabled people who are in work tend to earn less. However, decent work is good for health and wellbeing.

We believe that everyone who can work, should be able to access good work. The social security system needs to both offer respect and a quality of life for those who are unable to work, and effective support for those who do want to work.

Tackling the disability employment gap requires both high-quality employment support, and effective partnership working with employers to ensure that workplaces, processes and culture are inclusive to everyone.

We have extensive expertise in designing and evaluating employment support programmes for disabled adults and adults with health and mental health conditions. Working with commissioners both nationally and locally, we use evidence, best practice, and user voice to help design and deliver effective services. We also use our evidence to influence policy at both national and local levels

Employment & support allowance: pilot evaluations

The Department for Work and Pensions explored what works to help claimants with complex health conditions to improve their prognoses, enabling them to move closer to work and to fulfil their potential.

Other employment support areas