Secondary analysis of the Labour Force Survey EU disability module

Title: Secondary analysis of the Labour Force Survey (LFS) EU disability module

Authors: Rachel Hewett, VICTAR, University of Birmingham with Sue Keil, RNIB; Publisher: RNIB; Year of publication: 2015

Background

This report presents findings from the 2011 EU disability module of the UK Labour Force Survey (LFS) carried out for RNIB by the University of Birmingham. The Labour Force Survey (LFS) is a large scale survey carried out on behalf of the UK government on a quarterly basis. The EU disability module is an additional module of questions, standardised for use across the EU, which was attached to the UK LFS survey in 2011, to focus in particular on those with disabilities based within the labour force.

Key findings

  • Three in four people with a seeing difficulty as their main or second most important work limiting difficulty had additional health problems
  • Three in five people with a seeing difficulty as their main or second most important work limiting difficulty had additional health problems that also limited their ability to work in some way
  • The age range of people with a seeing difficulty was skewed towards the older age group – one in three were aged 55-64 compared to only one in ten aged 15-24
  • The greatest limitation that sight difficulty placed on people’s ability to work was on the type of work they could do
  • Very few people with sight difficulties who were employed appeared to need and/or be receiving special equipment, personal assistance or special working arrangements to support them in work
  • Having an additional work limiting health condition and qualifications at GCSE level or below both reduced the chances of being in employment for people with a sight difficulty