Employing people with learning disabilities
Mencap’s 2022 Big Learning Disability Survey found that only 26.7% of working age adults with a learning disability A learning disability is to do with the way someone's brain works. It makes it harder for someone to learn, understand or do things. are currently in paid work. That same year Mencap commissioned the National Development Team for Inclusion (NDTI) to conduct some further research into employment of people with a learning disability which found that:
positions in the UK labour market are unfilled
of people with learning disabilities not currently in work would like a job
Those who were already employed when they spoke to our researchers were asked what kind of work they did.
worked in an office
worked in health and social care
worked in hospitality
worked in retail
worked in a different sector
Many of the people who were asked about the type of job they do stated ‘other’.
This research showed us that there's a vast amount of different types of work people with learning disabilities can do.
Source: NDTI (2022) 'Work and Learning Disability Research', pages 6, 18-19 and 20.
Fact sheets for employers
We have put together a series of fact sheets which you can download. These cover questions and topics in relation to hiring people with learning disabilities that are often raised by employers.
To find out more about the research conducted by NDTi, or if you have a question about our fact sheets, please contact our Education Education is when you learn things. When you fill in a form to get a job, education means you write where you went to school, college or university. , Skills and Work team.
Find out more about the NDTI research
National Development Team for Inclusion (NDTI) research helps better understand what people with a learning disability want when it comes to work, and why so few people with a learning disability are able to access or maintain paid work.
Read the summaries of their research.
Our employment services
No one understands better than us that work is about more than just having a job. Being able to work can give you confidence, independence Independence means doing things on your own. Making your own choices. and the means to realise bigger dreams.
If you have a learning disability or a family member who does, find out more about how we can support people into finding paid work.