Disabled people: full employment in sight

Posted Nov 14, 2022, 7:30 AM

When will there be full employment for people with disabilities? The evolution of the figures for three years shows that this prospect – theme of the 2002 edition of the European week for the employment of people with disabilities which starts this Monday – is not that far off. At the end of June, there were 460,000 registered with Pôle emploi, 50,000 less in three years. Unemployment rate ? From 19% in 2017 to 13% today. This is still a little less than double that of the general population, but the improvement is noticeable.

“Entrepreneurs’ awareness efforts are paying off. The mobilization of the devices implemented by the government helps us, such as supported employment. It is also a period which is rich in jobs, and which is favorable to recruiting all audiences”, assures the Minister Delegate in charge of Disabled People, Geneviève Darrieussecq, in an interview with “Echos”.

Look changed

Perceived up to now solely from the angle of their disabilities, the disabled benefit from the change in the outlook of employers who “discover their skills first and foremost”. According to a recent Ifop survey for Agefiph, the association responsible for supporting the employment of the disabled in the private sector, two-thirds of recruiters questioned say that recruitment difficulties could encourage them to recruit different profiles.

In this context, is the objective of a 10% unemployment rate possible? “It would be a very nice goal. We must remain realistic, move forward in stages. It is also necessary to facilitate recruitment in the ordinary environment”, advance, cautiously, Geneviève Darrieussecq, convinced that it is necessary to maintain the obligation of employment of the handicapped, the OETH.

As a reminder, the OETH requires companies with more than 20 or more employees to employ at least 6% of disabled people (we are at 3.5% in 2021, according to Dares, 4.5% after increase of more than 50 years ). “We must continue. It is a goal that cannot be let go. As for parity in political life, without a quota it does not advance, ”she pleads.

If the previous five-year period was marked by a reform of adapted companies, the establishment of springboard fixed-term contracts and strong support during the Covid crisis, the one that is opening promises to be a continuation. “A lot of things are in place, we have to assess them and support the systems that work well, like supported employment. We need to give additional impetus, as with adapted temporary work companies”, justifies Geneviève Darrieussecq.

To all this will be added an increased effort on training or to facilitate transitions to all the structures in charge of employment. With, in the background, the France travail project which should strengthen the diagnosis and support for people who are far from employment.

In the meantime, those concerned remain skeptical. The same Ifop/Agefiph poll shows that less than one disabled person in five believes in full employment by 2027. aids and services, or improving the quality of life at work.

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