Nationally, people with long-term conditions are less likely to be employed than those without. 5  Among adults age 16-64 with a disability that limits their daily activities, almost half (46%) were in employment in 2012, compared with three quarters (76%) of non-disabled workers. 6

Risk of unemployment varies greatly with different types of health condition – people with mental health problems or learning difficulties are much less likely to be in work than those with physical health problems. 7  The detrimental impact of mental illness on employment outcomes is exacerbated where this occurs alongside a physical health condition. 8

References

  1. Black, C., Frost, D., “Health at Work – an independent review of sickness absence,” Department for Work and Pensions, 2011
  2. Department for Work and Pensions and Office for Disability Statistics, “Disability facts and figures,” HM Government, 2014
  3. Institute of Health Inequity, “Fair Society, Healthy Lives,” The Marmot Review, 2010
  4. Steadman, K., Sheldon, H. Donnaloja, V., “Complexities and challenges working with multiple health conditions,” The Work Foundation, Lancaster, 2016
  5. Black, C., Frost, D., “Health at Work – an independent review of sickness absence,” Department for Work and Pensions, 2011
  6. Department for Work and Pensions and Office for Disability Statistics, “Disability facts and figures,” HM Government, 2014
  7. Institute of Health Inequity, “Fair Society, Healthy Lives,” The Marmot Review, 2010
  8. Steadman, K., Sheldon, H. Donnaloja, V., “Complexities and challenges working with multiple health conditions,” The Work Foundation, Lancaster, 2016