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Diversity data: occupational therapists - December 2023

Equality, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI) information held by the HCPC with regards to the nine protected characteristics of the Equality Act 2010

This factsheet provides key EDI information for occupational therapists and how the demographics of this group compare to the demographics of HCPC registrants overall.

Demography: 
For age and sex: all current registrants. 

For other protected characteristics: all current registrants who have submitted EDI data via the EDI portal or survey:

  • 100% of occupational therapists
  • 88% of all professions combined

Period:
As at 1 December 2023.

Diversity data factsheet: occupational therapists

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  • Question asked:
    "What was your date of birth"

    Note:
    This was used to calculate current age at the point of production of this factsheet.

     
    Occupational therapists
    All professions
    Age Count % Count %
    Not recorded 0 0% 45 0%
    Recorded 44,190 100% 337,150 100%
             
    20-29 6,825 15% 58,235 17%
    30-39 12,355 28% 103,240 31%
    40-49 12,060 27% 86,200 26%
    50-59 9,760 22% 61,860 18%
    60-69 3,050 7% 24,405 7%
    70+ 140 0% 3,210 1%
      44,190 100% 337,150 100%

    edifactsheet_age_OT_20231201web.jpg

  • Question asked:
    "Do you consider yourself to have a disability or to be a disabled person?"

    Accompanying note in portal:
    In the UK, a disability is defined as "a physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long-term* adverse effect on a person's ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities" You may have none, one, or more conditions that you believe are covered by this definition. Please answer how you feel this definiton applies to you. (*long-term means that the impact has lasted, or is expected to last, for 12 months or more)

    Note:
    HCPC does collect further data on long term conditions, however the protected characteristic is disabilty status rather than disabling condition.

     
    Occupational therapists
    All professions
    Disability Count % Count %
    Not recorded 0 0% 25 0%
    Recorded 44,020 100% 294,320 100%
             
    No 38,580 88% 267,920 91%
    Yes 3,655 8% 15,730 5%
    Prefer not to say 1,785 4% 10,670 4%
      44,020 100% 294,320 100%

    edifactsheet_disability_OT_20231201web.jpg

  • Question asked:
    "Which of the following best describes your ethnic origin? Ethnicity is defined as including colour, ethnic or national origin, or nationality. Please choose whichever answer best reflects how you think of yourself."

    Portal category options:
    - White
    - Asian or Asian British
    - Black, African, Caribbean or Black British
    - Mixed or multiple ethnic groups
    - Other ethnic group
    - Prefer not to say

    Note:
    The categories presented here are the high level categories collected by HCPC. Respondents are also asked for a lower level category (18 options) based on their high level response. 

     
    Occupational therapists
    All professions
    Ethnicity Count % Count %
    Not recorded 0 0% 0 0%
    Recorded 44,020 100% 294,345 100%
             
    White 37,140 84% 223,770 76%
    Asian 2,555 6% 33,390 11%
    Black 1,720 4% 15,695 5%
    Mixed 850 2% 6,005 2%
    Other 400 1% 4,055 1%
    Prefer not to say 1,355 3% 11,430 4%
      44,020 100% 294,345 100%

    edifactsheet_ethnicity_OT_20231201web.jpg

  • Question asked:
    "Is the gender you identify with the same as your sex registered at birth?"

    Accompanying note in portal:
    Your gender identity may be the same as your assigned sex, but it may be different. You may identify as the opposite gender to your assigned sex, you may identify with neither, or with a self-described gender identity.

     
    Occupational therapists
    All professions
    Gender Reassignment Count % Count %
    Not recorded 20 0% 210 0%
    Recorded 44,000 100% 294,130 100%
             
    Yes 42,640 97% 283,985 97%
    No 90 0% 690 0%
    Prefer to self-describe 40 0% 295 0%
    Prefer not to say 1,230 3% 9,160 3%
      44,000 100% 294,130 100%

    edifactsheet_genderreassignment_OT_20231201web.jpg

  • Question asked:
    "What is your legal marital or registered civil partnership status?"

    Portal category options:
    - Married
    - Never married and never registered in a civil partnership
    - Divorced
    - In a registered civil partnership
    - Separated but still legally married
    - Widowed
    - Formerly in a civil partnership which is now legally dissolved
    - Separated but still legally in civil partnership
    - Surviving partner from a registered civil partnership
    - Prefer not to say

     
    Occupational therapists
    All professions
    Marriage and Civil Partnership Count % Count %
    Not recorded 5 0% 25 0%
    Recorded 44,010 100% 294,315 100%
             
    Married (M)  21,480 49% 142,035 48%
    Never married or CP 14,895 34% 104,550 36%
    Separated & div. (M) 2,745 6% 15,645 5%
    In Civil Partnership (CP) 270 1% 1,855 1%
    Separated, not div. (M) 715 2% 4,020 1%
    Widowed (M)  350 1% 1,940 1%
    Separated & dis. (CP) 30 0% 190 0%
    Separated not dis. (CP) 15 0% 125 0%
    Widowed (CP)  5 0% 40 0%
    Prefer not to say 3,505 8% 23,915 8%
      44,010 100% 294,315 100%

    edifactsheet_marriage_OT_20231201web.jpg

  • Question asked:
    "Do you consider your self to fall under the protected characteristic of 'pregnacy & maternity', as per the Equality Act 2010? 'Pregnancy' refers to the condition of being pregnant or expecting a baby, and 'maternity' refers to the period of 26 weeks after birth. The Equality Act 2010 protections also cover a someone who has had a miscarriage."

     
    Occupational therapists
    All professions
    Pregnancy and Maternity Count % Count %
    Not recorded 0 0% 100 0%
    Recorded 44,020 100% 294,245 100%
             
    No 39,445 90% 262,245 89%
    Yes 2,505 6% 14,765 5%
    Prefer not to say 2,070 5% 17,235 6%
      44,020 100% 294,245 100%

    edifactsheet_pregnancy_OT_20231201web.jpg

  • Question asked:
    "What is your religion or strongly held belief, if any?"

    Portal category options:
    - No religion or strongly held belief
    - Christian (Including Church of England, Catholic, Protestant and all other Christian denominations.)
    - Muslim
    - Hindu
    - Spiritual
    - Buddhist
    - Any other religion or belief
    - Jewish
    - Sikh
    - Prefer not to say

     
    Occupational therapists
    All professions
    Religion or Belief Count % Count %
    Not recorded 0 0% 15 0%
    Recorded 44,020 100% 294,330 100%
             
    No religion 18,520 42% 122,350 42%
    Christian 18,210 41% 112,880 38%
    Muslim 840 2% 13,540 5%
    Hindu 580 1% 8,395 3%
    Spiritual 1,305 3% 5,695 2%
    Buddhist 315 1% 2,175 1%
    Other 255 1% 1,915 1%
    Jewish 225 1% 1,745 1%
    Sikh 160 0% 1,500 1%
    Prefer not to say 3,610 8% 24,135 8%
      44,020 100% 294,330 100%

    edifactsheet_religion_OT_20231201web.jpg

  • Question asked:
    "What is your Sex?"

    Accompanying note in portal: 
    This is the sex you were assigned at birth and we asked you to provide this information when you registered with the HCPC. For births registered in the UK, this will either be male or female. However, some other countries may include 'intersex' as an option. We also ask if your gender identity is different from the sex you were assigned at birth. Your gender identity may be the same as your assigned sex, but it may be different. You may identify as the opposite gender to your assigned sex, you may identify with neither, or with a self-described gender identity.

     
    Occupational therapists
    All professions
    Sex Count % Count %
    Not recorded 0 0% 55 0%
    Recorded 44,185 100% 337,145 100%
             
    Female 40,295 91% 246,785 73%
    Male 3,880 9% 90,290 27%
    Intersex 0 0% 0 0%
    Prefer not to say 10 0% 70 0%
      44,185 100% 337,145 100%

    edifactsheet_sex_OT_20231201web.jpg

  • Question asked:
    "Which of the following best describes your sexual orientation?"

    Portal category options:
    - Heterosexual/straight
    - Bisexual
    - Gay woman/lesbian
    - Gay man
    - Pansexual
    - Queer
    - Asexual
    - Prefer to self-describe
    - Prefer not to say

     
    Occupational therapists
    All professions
    Sexual Orientation Count % Count %
    Not recorded 0 0% 15 0%
    Recorded 44,025 100% 294,330 100%
             
    Heterosexual 38,480 87% 255,425 87%
    Bisexual 845 2% 5,650 2%
    Lesbian 665 2% 4,060 1%
    Gay man 320 1% 3,620 1%
    Pansexual 180 0% 900 0%
    Queer 140 0% 800 0%
    Asexual 40 0% 295 0%
    Prefer to self-describe 20 0% 220 0%
    Prefer not to say 3,335 8% 23,360 8%
      44,025 100% 294,330 100%

    edifactsheet_sexualorientation_OT_20231201web.jpg

Help and guidance

Protected characteristics: The nine protected charateristics of the Equality Act 2010: Age, disability, ethnicity, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation.

Registrants: An active registrant on the HCPC register at the time of the analysis.

Respondents: Registrants who provided other protected characteristic EDI data via the portal or survey.

Count: Number of registrants (age & sex) or respondents (other protected characteristics).

Not recorded: Total number of registrants/respondents for whom this information is not held. For respondents these are due to data collection system errors and only includes those who have attempted to give this information.

Recorded: Total number of registrants/respondents for whom this information is held.

All professions

Age & Sex:  All active registrants on the HCPC register, regardless of profession. 

Other protected characterictics:  All respondents of EDI regardless of profession.

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Supply of EDI data is voluntary and therefore is not complete for all registrants. As such the tables do not represent the entire register. Consideration of the coverage as detailed in the Demography section is important when using or generalising the findings.
 
Most registrants complete or update their EDI data at renewal, so it may be up to two years old.
 
All questions have a "prefer not to say" option which are included in the tables as it is a valid response and hence indicates that the question has been asked.
 
A small number of records were been affected by now resolved issues with the data collection systems that allowed no reponse to be recorded for certain questions. These are shown as 'Not recorded' in the tables.
 
Rounding has been used to control the risk of disclosure of personal information. Counts have been rounded to the nearest five. Therefore a count of 0 in a table represents either 0, 1 or 2 registrants with that characteristic. 

Published:
14/12/2023
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Page updated on: 14/12/2023
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