Disabled People in the Workplace
Disabled people already make an invaluable contribution to our
economy, as employers, employees and as consumers. However, many
disabled people find themselves facing barriers as they seek to
enter, and progress within Scotland's labour market. The result is
that disabled people are being denied the same access to employment
as non-disabled people and employers are being denied access to
The Scottish Government is determined to help remove these
barriers, in order to benefit both disabled people, their potential
employers and employees, and society in general.
The most recent employment figures in Scotland showed that 49
per cent of disabled people aged 16-64 are working compared to
around 81.6 per cent of non-disabled people (APS, Jan - Dec 2019),
leaving an employment gap - referred to as the Disability
Employment Gap - of 32.6 percentage points. Reducing this gap, and
improving disabled people's experience of employment, is a long
"I want to move forward and get a job"
(Action on Hearing Loss Scotland focus group)
"If you are working it makes you feel better rather than having to
sit in a room because you have nowhere to go and no money to go out
and do something"
(Capability Scotland focus group)
"I've always thought work is the important thing, it's how I was
brought up, get out there and work"
(SAMH focus group)
to Disabled People in Employment]