Reports 2012/36

Disabled people on the labour market 2012

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 2012. 15 per cent of the population aged 15-66 reported to have a disability, defined as longterm health problems. 41 per cent of them held a job, compared to 75 per cent in the whole population aged 15-66. Among disabled women over the age of 40 the employment rate decreased from 2011 to 2012. Among younger women and among men with disabilities there were only minor changes.

The last decade the employment rate among disabled people has decreased by five percentage points, compared to only two percentage points for the whole population. During the same period the share of disabled people in the population also decreased, from approximately 17 to 15 per cent.

48 per cent of the disabled people in employment were working part-time, compared to 25 per cent of the employed people in total. Compared with 2002, when these surveys started, the share of part-time employment among disabled people has increased, especially among men.

27 per cent of the disabled people not employed wanted to have paid work in the second quarter of 2012, compared to 34 per cent for the whole population aged 15-66. Just 17 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 31 per cent in total.

58 per cent of the employees had jobs which had been adapted to their disability, in accordance with the five preceding years.

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