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German EU Presidency 2007

2007 European Year of Equal Opportunities for All

Diversity at work
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Report: The Employment Situation of People with Disabilities in the European Union

By: EIM Business and Policy Research for the European Commission, Directorate-General for Employment and Social Affairs.

People with disabilities are in general older, less well educated and more likely to be female than those who are not disabled. All of these characteristics are associated with groups in a relatively unfavourable labour market position. This suggests that disabled people with disabilities are 'doubly disadvantaged' in the labour market, and that specific labour market policies for disabled people are required, irrespective of whether they are employed, unemployed or inactive.

Disabled people in employment work fewer hours per week, and receive lower wages than their non-disabled counterparts, and the evidence is consistent with widespread discrimination against disabled people in the labour market.

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