Labour Force Survey 2014

Title: Investigation of data relating to blind and partially sighted people in the quarterly Labour Force Survey: October 2010 – September 2013

Authors: Rachel Hewett, VICTAR, University of Birmingham with Sue Keil, RNIB, Publisher: RNIB, Year of publication: 2014

Background

This briefing contains a summary of findings from a statistical analysis of data from the quarterly Labour Force Survey (LFS). It is the latest in a series of three reports produced for RNIB by the University of Birmingham (Hewett and Douglas, 2011; Hewett, 2013; 2014). All three reports have provided an analysis of the employment status and economic activity of people with seeing difficulties. They have enabled us to track the economic activity of people disabled with a seeing difficulty since the start of the economic downturn, and to compare their circumstances with those of the general working age population.

Key findings

  • People long term disabled with a seeing difficulty were less likely than the rest of the working age population to be in employment.
  • Even with a degree, people long term disabled with a seeing difficulty were less likely than people without a disability to be employed.
  • People long term disabled with a seeing difficulty in the 26-44 age group were almost twice as likely to be ILO unemployed as the rest of the population of the same age: 10.1 per cent compared with 5.4 per cent.
  • Young people long term disabled with a seeing difficulty aged 16-25 were less likely than the rest of the population of the same age to be in education or employment: 55.6 per cent compared to 77.3 per cent.
  • People long term disabled with a seeing difficulty were more likely than the general working age population to be unemployed for 12 months or more. 
  • People long term disabled with a seeing difficulty were more likely than the rest of the working age population to be long term sick or disabled, and were more than twice as likely as the rest of the working age population to have given up work for health reasons.
  • For people in employment, the range of occupations of people with a seeing difficulty is similar to the rest of the population.
  • People long term disabled with a seeing difficulty were slightly less likely than the working age population as a whole to be in full-time employment: 62.7 per cent compared to 75 per cent of all people of working age.