For most of us, the run-up to Christmas is an expensive time of year.
Food, presents, the perfect decorations, the costs are quick to mount up; ditto the pressure to stay within your allotted budget.
So, how would you react if your boss informed you that you would be working the last 57 days of this year without pay?
New research from the TUC has revealed that thanks to an increasing disability pay gap, the UK’s disabled workforce will be effectively doing just that.
In recent years, we have heard much in the media about the disability employment gap.
It has remained virtually static at around thirty percentage points for the last decade; prompting the current government to make the commitment to get one million more disabled people into employment by 2027.
However, a shocking new report, published by the TUC earlier this month, has uncovered the true extent of the challenges facing the 7.6 million working-age disabled people in the UK.
The TUC claims that disabled employees are experiencing “double discrimination” which is preventing them from reaching their career ambitions.
In other words, not only are disabled people much less likely to be in paid employment than their non-disabled counterparts; when they are, they earn significantly less.
£1.65 per hour less to be precise!
A deficit which places increased financial stress on disabled employees; often forcing them to go without necessities such as heating or food.
Key findings from the report
- The disability pay gap is currently 15.5%
- This represents an increase of 0.3 % in the last year alone.
- Disabled employees earn £1.65 less an hour than their non-disabled colleagues – £3.00 each year.
- This is equivalent to working the last 57 days of the year without pay-The TUC branded the 4th of November Disability pay Gap day.
- According to a TUC/GQR poll, 35% of disabled workers said they had to go without heating on a cold day; compared to 17 % of non-disabled workers.
Adding our voice to the TUC’s
Of course, other significant barriers hinder disabled workers from progressing in the workplace, poor access to education, negative attitudes and unsuitable working environment to name just a few, but unequal pay is the one most in need of tackling.
Life already costs more if you are disabled-on average £583 extra each month-so how can it possibly be fair to subject disabled workers to another economic injustice?
To date, employers have gone completely unchallenged on this issue, and with the gap only set to increase, the time has come to make our voices heard!
As a creative agency staffed by disabled employees, we are joining with the TUC in calling for the government to introduce mandatory reporting of disability recruitment and pay gaps.
Equal pay for an equal day’s work; it is not too much to ask for, is it?