Reports 2014/36

Disabled people on the labour market in 2014

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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 2014. Approximately 15 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 75 per cent in the whole population aged 15-66; the same level as in in the second quarter of 2013. The full-time rate, however, has 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.

Three out of five employees had jobs which had been adapted to their disability, in accordance with the six preceding years. Compared with 2002 there has been an increase by 16 percentage points.

Twenty-eight per cent of disabled people without employment wanted to be employed in the second quarter of 2014; the same rate as for the whole population aged 15-66. Just 18 per cent of disabled people wanting work were classified as unemployed, according to the criteria on active job seeking and availability for a job, compared to 36 per cent in total.

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