May 10, 2018
A survey conducted in December 2017 found that 28,018 establishments obligated by law to employ disabled people (central and local governments and public and private institutions with 50 or more full-time employees) had a total of 175,935 employees with disabilities and showed an employment rate for people with disabilities* of 2.76%.
* Employment rate for people with disabilities = number of employees with disabilities / number of full-time employees
The rate of people with disabilities in employment has been steadily rising in recent years and was up 0.1%p year-on-year in 2017, a larger increase than in any previous year.
The Act on the Employment Promotion and Vocational Rehabilitation of Persons with Disabilities sets out mandatory quotas for establishments of different types and sizes to hire people with disabilities. Only 46.1% of subject entities complied with the law in 2017, falling from 47.9% of the previous year. Despite the gradual improvement in the overall employment of people with disabilities, the decline in compliance seems to have occurred because of the big increase (+0.2%p) in the mandatory quotas in 2017, from 2.7% to 3.0% for the public sector and from 2.9% to 3.2% for the private sector.
Employment and Labor Minister Kim Young-joo said, “The recent increase in the employment of disabled people is a positive sign, but the improvement is yet to gather pace. And there is still a lack of decent jobs for disabled people, as can be seen from the low compliance rate among large companies and public institutions.”
She went on to say, “In order to make dramatic improvements on those problems, we have announced the 5th Five-year Plan to Promote the Employment of Disabled People (2018-2022), which includes enhancing compliance with the mandatory employment quotas across large companies and the public sector. We will actively push ahead with institutional reforms to expand decent jobs and reduce the employment gap for people with disabilities as soon as possible.”