Local governments showed the highest satisfaction with employees with disabilities at 90 per cent while the private sector satisfaction stands at 77 per cent, according to Dr Patrick Ojok, the Lead Consultant in the Baseline Survey.
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Employers in Uganda are more
satisfied with employees living with disabilities compared to their able-bodied
counterparts. This is the finding of a new baseline survey on the employment
situations of persons living with disabilities in Uganda and the Disability
Quota Employment Policy of Uganda.
The survey, conducted by
Disability Policy Watch Africa, found out that about 1.3 per cent of people in
formal employment have disabilities. However, up to 84 per cent of employers
are satisfied with their effectiveness.
Local governments showed the highest
satisfaction with employees with disabilities at 90 per cent while the private
sector satisfaction stands at 77 per cent, according to Dr Patrick Ojok, the
Lead Consultant in the Baseline Survey.
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According to the research, 85 per
cent of employers are willing to designate a portion of job opportunities for
persons with disabilities under the Disability Quota Employment Policy of
Uganda passed last year, as an affirmative action to increase employment
opportunities for persons living with disabilities.
Laurence Egulu, a commissioner in
the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development says only 5 per cent of
employers surveyed are unwilling to ring-fence certain positions in their organizations
to persons with Disabilities.
However, Dr John Bosco Oryema, a
lecturer of Economics at Makerere University who also participated in the
research says employers and employees with disabilities differed on the amount
of employment to gazette for persons with disabilities.
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Light for the World, a gender
mainstreaming and Development Organization is implementing an initiative to
open up employment opportunities to 12.4 per cent of the population living with
Disability Inclusion Advisor Anneke
Maarse says access to employment, education, income, information, control over
one’s body and sexuality are everybody’s basic aspirations with no difference
for persons with disabilities.