Disabled people still face discrimination in the civil service, think-tank finds

7 Jun 17

There has been an increase in the number of disabled people working in the civil service but many still face discrimination, according to analysis from a think-tank.

The Institute for Government has examined figures from the Office for National Statistics and revealed that in 2016, 9.2% of civil servants reported their disability status identified as disabled, this was an increase from 7.6% in 2010 and 1.3% in 1988 (see graph below).

Disabled people discriminated against in civil service - IfG

The study, released on Tuesday, found that 28% of civil servants who identified as living with a long-term limiting condition, illness or disability had experienced discrimination in the last 12 months compared with just 10% of their non-disabled colleagues.

This disparity in levels of discrimination has not improved in recent years, the difference was the same in 2009.

Figures also reveal that despite the steady increase in representation this had not translated into more disabled public sector workers rising to senior civil service positions (see graph below).

Disability discrimination in civil service graph 2

There has been a steady rise over time in the percentage of civil servants living with a disability at the administrative, higher and senior executive officer roles but as with female and BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) civil servants this tales off towards the more senior positions.

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