Investigation of data relating to blind and partially sighted people in the quarterly Labour Force Survey: October 2009 to September 2012

Title: Investigation of data relating to blind and partially sighted people in the quarterly Labour Force Survey: October 2009 to September 2012

Author: Rachel Hewett, Publisher: RNIB, Year of publication: 2013

Description

RNIB commissioned researchers from Birmingham University to undertake statistical analysis of data from the quarterly Labour Force Survey (LFS). The report provided detailed analysis of the employment status and economic activity of people with seeing difficulties and enabled comparison with the general population.BackgroundThe statistics presented in this report provide the results of an analysis of recent data from the quarterly Labour Force Survey (LFS) that was carried out for RNIB by researchers from Birmingham university. The report provides statistics on the employment status and economic activity of people of working age who through self report are defined as long term disabled with a seeing difficulty. Because of the small sample size for people long term disabled with a seeing difficulty, the findings that are presented have been aggregated over 12 quarters from October 2009 to September 2012. This latest report follows two previous reports of data from the LFS (Meager and Carta, 2008; Hewett and Douglas, 2011) and enables us to continue to track the economic activity of people disabled with a seeing difficulty since the start of the economic downturn.

Key findings

  • The following statistics are based on data aggregated over 12 quarters to the end of September 2012.   
  • People long term disabled with a seeing difficulty are far less likely than the rest of the working age population to be in employment and far more likely to be ILO unemployed. People long term disabled with a seeing difficulty between the ages of 26 and 54 are twice as likely to be ILO unemployed as the rest of the population of the same age.    
  • Across all age groups people long term disabled with a seeing difficulty are less likely to be employees than the rest of the working age population    
  • People long term disabled with a seeing difficulty are more likely than the rest of the working age population, and than other long term disabled groups, to have been unemployed for 12 months or more.    
  • People long term disabled with no qualifications are at a significant disadvantage and are far less likely than the general population to be employed.