HR · 5 December 2018

Government urged to force employers to publish disability pay gaps

Disabled people earn nearly 3, 000 a year less on average than non-disabled workers
The government is being urged to make it compulsory for employers to publish their disability pay gaps.

The TUC made its call as it published new analysis which revealed that the average pay gap for disabled workers has hit 15.2%. It means that disabled people earn nearly 3, 000 a year less on average than non-disabled workers.

People with mental illnesses are also struggling with a pay gap of 29.8% with those suffering from depression facing a 26.3% gap.

Last week the government published a voluntary code to encourage employers to disclose the number of disabled people they employ, their career progression and pay.

But the TUC believes that without a legally binding requirement on companies to publish their pay gaps and set out what action they are taking to address them, progress will be too slow.

The TUC said far more needs to be done to remove the barriers facing disabled people in the workplace. Just half of working-age disabled people in the UK currently have a job, compared to four-fifths of non-disabled people.

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