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

In recent years, the employment rate has increased overall, employment rates have improved for some, but not all, ethnic groups, and the gender employment gap has narrowed. The disability employment gap remains significant. Working hours fell during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, and groups with certain protected characteristics were overrepresented in shutdown sectors. Action on workplace diversity has been limited, though progress has been made in increasing women’s representation in leadership positions.

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

The assessment was made based on the evidence available up to 30/09/2021