Learning disability and Work


Published: 2017-09-05


This week we look at people with learning disabilities who work, what they face every day and when they look for a job. Let’s have a look at statistics from Mencap (Mencap is the leading voice of learning disability)

  • Less than 6% of adults with learning disability known to their local authority are in paid employment.
  • 17% of all adults with learning disability in England are paid in Work 
  • 47% of People aged 16 to 64 with any type of disability in GB are in paid work
  • 74% of people aged 16 to 64 in general population in England are in paid work.

Mencap says that Men with learning disability are more likely to work, as 6.4% men are in paid employment compared to 5.3% women with learning disability know to their local authority. 
There is not much current data on the proportion of all adults with this disability mencap says. Past studies also show that 17% of all working age people with learning disability have a paid job. The study from 2008 shows that:

  • 10% of working people with a severe learning disability had a job
  • 28% with Mild or moderate learning disabilities had a job 
  • 0% with profound and multiple leering disabilities had a job

Mencap says “We don’t think the employment situation for people with learning disabilities has changed since there pieces of research were undertaken’’

Let’s have a look at what do people with learning disabilities face and what are the barriers for getting a job.

  • Complicated application forms
  • Negative employers, colleague’s attitudes 
  • Regimented interview processes
  • Lack of on the job training and recruitment opportunities 
  • Unfair treatment, discrimination, bulling or harassment in the work place
  • Issues relating to access and support in the work place 
  • Lack of appropriate opportunities 
  • Lack of flexible, personalised employment

Mencap offers useful resources for employees outlining benefits of having an inclusive workforce. To find out more visit https://www.mencap.org.uk

Apprenticeships are a valued route in to employment, but less than 1% of apprentices declared a moderate learning disability in 2014/153. This is even though young people with a mild or moderate learning disability could and should benefit from an Apprenticeship.
HR news says that: ‘’Following a taskforce in 2016, led by Paul Maynard, which examined the issues faced by people with disabilities to access apprenticeships, the government is now pressing ahead to implement all the recommendations.’’

Source: mencap.org, hrnews.co.uk


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