The Brutal Facts….

Diabetes impacts the lives of 10% of the UK workforce.  In a study published by Diabetes UK 1 in 6 workers have experienced discrimination in their workplace, most of this goes unrecorded.

  • 34.5M workers in the UK.
  • at least 6% are diagnosed with Diabetes, over 2 million people.   This is estimated to more than double by 2025 to over 5,000,000 members of the working population
  • Double this number are undiagnosed or at risk in the near term. 
  • Today around 345,000 UK workers have or are experiencing discrimination in their workplace, a significant portion of the talent pool available to UK employers.
  • Over 600,000 more are undiagnosed and likely to be exhibiting symptoms which may be impacting their day-to-day work and the productivity/safety of your business.


  • A study published in the British Medical Journal calls for better awareness of Diabetes in the workplace as the mean total duration of sickness absence of diabetic employees was 31.71 days compared to non-diabetic employees 16.57 days per year.  Supporting your diabetics will keep them in work.
  • Diabetics are less likely to participate in work, according to research by the American Diabetes Association, the absolute probability of working was 4.4 percentage points less for women and 7.1 percentage points less for men relative to that of their counterparts without diabetes.


Working With Diabetes campaigns to raise your awareness of how to ensure you offer a fair, safe and inclusive workplace for your Diabetic employees.  Including information on your responsibilities, rights and tools to support you. We are building networks for you to share and learn from peers.


Working With Diabetes campaigns to support you with information about your rights through recruitment, work and how you can support your colleagues and managers.  We are building networks for you to gain support from and offer advice to people in the same position as you.