Identification of skills gaps among persons with disabilities and their employment prospects

September 2021


As part of the ongoing partnership programme between the National Disability Authority and the ESRI, the ESRI have developed a research report that examines data on the skills and employment gaps of persons with disabilities in comparison to persons without disabilities both in Ireland and Europe. This report shows how the situation has changed over time.

The ESRI research investigates the impact of having a disability on an individual’s employment prospects. The research uses several national and European datasets such as the Census of the population, the Survey on Income and Living Conditions (SILC) and the European Union Survey on Income and Living Conditions (EU-SILC). Across the different datasets analysed, a common set of findings emerge from the study.

The analysis utilises a mix of econometric and descriptive statistics methods and includes some novel applications of econometric methods to the analysis of labour market outcomes for persons with disabilities.

This report, along with the OECD report ‘Disability, Work and Inclusion in Ireland: Engaging and supporting employers’, was launched with an online webinar in September 2021. The agenda for this event included a Ministerial welcome, presentations by the ESRI and the OECD and a panel discussion with representation from the business community, persons with disabilities and the public sector.

The following is the recording of this launch event.

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