2013 Report on Compliance with Part 5 of the Disability Act on the Employment of People with Disabilities in the Public Sector

For the third successive year, the proportion of staff with disabilities reported for the public service for 2013 exceeded the 3% target set out in the Disability Act 2005. The number of recorded employees with disabilities for 2013 is 6,464, down 147 from 6,611 in 2012. The overall number of employees in the public sector for 2013 is 192,575 , down 5,013  from 197,588 in 2012.

Compliance with reporting deadlines by departmental monitoring committees was generally good for 2013.

As the economic environment improves, the importance of proactive planning around future recruitment of people with disabilities increases. Given the statutory disability employment target, we advise that such proactive planning needs to be a key issue for the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, which has overall responsibility for public sector numbers. Individual public bodies, particularly commercial bodies with autonomy over their staffing levels and recruitment should improve their focus on this area.

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2013 Report on Compliance with Part 5