The Equality and Human Rights Commission released a new report measuring the amount of companies reporting their diversity employment numbers. According to Common Space, the “report found that while 77 per cent of employers claimed to pursue a diverse workforce was a priority, only 44 per cent collected information on whether employees have a disability, 36 per cent record data on employee ethnicity, and only 3 per cent measured ethnicity or disability pay gap.”
Inclusion Scotland, “the Scotland wide disabled people’s rights organisation”, is currently pushing for mandatory reporting “for companies with over 250 employees on workforce diversity and advancement across the UK” due to the low numbers of corporate engagement.
According to Inclusion Scotland, “The disability pay gap is widening. We know that 2015-16 there was a gap in median hourly earnings across Britain with disabled people earning £9.85 compared with £11.41 for non-disabled people. Disabled young people (age 16-24) and disabled women had the lowest median hourly earnings.”
In addition, according to the article, “one in four working age disabled people in the UK already live in poverty, with unemployment and low wages a major contributor. Unemployment among ethnic minority groups in the UK is nearly double that of white people.”
Speaking on behalf of the UK government, a spokesman admitted that while it is “really promising that 600,000 more disabled people have moved into work in the last four years” the government must go further to “seeing one million more disabled people in work by 2027.”