Reports 2013/51

Disabled people on the labour market in 2013

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This report presents the results for disabled people based on an ad hoc module of questions to the Labour Force Survey (LFS) in the second quarter of 2013. Approximately 17 per cent of the population aged 15-66 reported to have a disability, defined as long-term health problems. 43 per cent of them held a job, compared to 74 per cent in the whole population aged 15-66. Among disabled men aged between 15 and 66 the employment rate increased by approximately three percentage points from 2012 to 2013. The strongest increase happened among those less than 40 years. Among females as a whole there were no significant change, but among those aged 55-66 the employment rate increased.

Compared with 2002, when these surveys started, the employment rate among disabled people has decreased by three percentage points, compared to two percentage points for the whole population.

45 per cent of the disabled people in employment were working part-time, compared to 26 per cent of the employed people in total. Compared with 2002 the share of part-time employment among disabled people has increased, especially among men.

57 per cent of the employees had jobs which had been adapted to their disability, in accordance with the five preceding years. Compared with 2002 there has been an increase by 14 percentage points.

27 per cent of the disabled people without employment wanted to be employed in the second quarter of 2013, compared to 32 per cent for the whole population aged 15-66. Just 20 per cent of the disabled people wanting work were classified as unemployed, according to the criteria on active job seeking and availability for a job, compared to 34 per cent in total.

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