Employment rates show a mixed picture

Statistical information has been published for the 2018-19 employment rates in England for people with a learning disability and for people using secondary mental health services. They show a mixed picture. Employment rates for people with a learning disability have been on a downward trend year on year [Indicator 1E] and now stand at 5.9%.

On the other hand, there has been a significant increase to 8% in the number of adults aged 18-69 in contact with secondary mental health services who were known to be in paid employment at the time of their assessment or latest review [Indicator 1F].

Full data set

Learning disability

The headline figure is 5.9% with a gender breakdown of male 6.4%, female 5.2%. Rates varied from 8% in the East of England and London to 4.3% in the West Midlands.

Rates vary widely between local authorities and a spreadsheet of the disaggregated rates is available for download below. Hounslow has the highest rates at 25.6% though there is increasing concern about the reliability of these figures because of the complex definition. Apparently, there is only one person in Lambeth who is covered by the definition and employed.


Mental Health

The headline figure is 8% with a gender breakdown of male 7%, female 10%. Rates varied from 12% in the East of England to 7% in the East Midlands, North West and London. 

Again, rates vary widely with a remarkable 40% in the Isles of Scily. The figures for Yorkshire are strong with 22% in York, followed by 19% in North Yorkshire and 18% in East Riding.