Low pay by disability

Date 1 September 2017
Date updated 12 October 2017

Low pay by disability

What does this chart show?

The low pay rates for disabled and non-disabled people by full-time or part-time work and by level of education. In all cases disabled people are more likely to be low paid: 37% of disabled people compared with 27% of non-disabled people. The difference between the low pay rate for disabled and non-disabled adults is smaller for full-time employees than for part-time employees. Of those who are working full-time, 25% of disabled people are low paid compared with 19% of non-disabled people, a six percentage point difference. However, of those who are working part-time 62% of disabled people are low paid compared with 54% of nondisabled people.* This is an eight percentage point difference. 

The pattern is the same when looking at education. Of those with A-levels or above 25% of disabled people are low paid compared with 20% of non-disabled people, a five percentage point difference. Of those with a level of education below A-levels, 61% of disabled people are low paid compared with 48% of non-disabled people. This is a 13 percentage point difference.

*  The low pay rate of all part-time workers in this measure is 56%, which differs from the rate in indicator 8.2. These estimates use different data sources. 8.2 uses ASHE which is the best and most accurate source of pay data available. The data in ASHE is collected through pay slips and does not contain any demographic information. All the measures in the report which compare the characteristics of those who are low paid and those who are not use a different dataset: the Labour Force Survey. In this dataset the information about hourly pay is self-reported and so differs from that in ASHE.