Monday, March 20, 2017

'Left behind': People with disabilities four times less likely to be employed - THE JOURNAL

by Garreth MacNamee
Originally published: March 16, 2017

A NEW REPORT has found that people living with disabilities are four times less likely to be employed in Ireland, leading to disability activists calling for more to be done to address the problem.

A new report from the ESRI has found that despite wanting to work, people with a disability are less likely to get a job and more likely to leave employment even when their impairment does not create difficulties with everyday activities.

The study commissioned by the National Disability Authority found:

  • 31% of working-age people with a disability were at work compared to 71% of those without a disability.
  • Most people with a disability had worked at some stage but it was often more than four years ago.
  • Across the period, people with a disability were more likely to exit than enter employment. For those without a disability, the rate of job entry picked up in the recovery period and the rate of exit dropped. However, there was little sign of a recovery for people with a disability by 2015.