Access to employment – UK Government assessment

Progress assessment

Moderate progress

There have been legal or policy changes to improve human rights protections and evidence of some sustained progress in the enjoyment of human rights related to this issue. However on some of these rights, or for some groups, there has not been comparative progress

The employment rate increased overall in recent years. The gender and disability gaps have narrowed, and employment rates have improved for some but not all ethnic groups. Employment rates and the number of hours worked fell in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, halting recent progress, and the shutdown particularly affected groups with certain protected characteristics. Unemployment is projected to rise after the UK Government’s support measures end. The UK Government has not met its target for new apprenticeships, and action to implement findings of independent reviews on workplace diversity has been limited.

Read more about the UK and Welsh Governments’ actions on access to employment.

The assessment was made based on the evidence available up to 13/10/2020