Disability Pay Gap

Pay gaps between workers

Often a hot topic of debate is the gender pay gap which according to the ONS is 7.9%[1]. While the public are quite rightly outraged at this figure, often a pay gap which falls under the radar is the disability pay gap which according to the ONS is 13.8%[2] in England.

Although there are many reasons for such pay differences, I have asked members why they think this gap exists nationally. Here are some of the things I was told:

It’s often the case that the smallest reasonable adjustment can make a whole world of difference! As members of UNISON, disabled members can seek support from specially trained stewards who are available to listen and support you every step of the way.

Disability comes in many forms from physical to hidden. If you are struggling at work please reach out!

The disability pay gap won’t be reduced overnight but UNISON are here to push for working conditions that work for everyone and to create equality of opportunity so that every member can thrive and reach their potential regardless of which barriers they may each face. We’re here to put the disability pay gap where it belongs – at 0.0%!

Written by JAHugill 🙂

[1] https://www.ons.gov.uk/employmentandlabourmarket/peopleinwork/earningsandworkinghours/bulletins/genderpaygapintheuk/2021

[2] https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/healthandsocialcare/disability/articles/disabilitypaygapsintheuk/2021