2016 Report on Compliance with Part 5 of the Disability Act on the Employment of People with Disabilities in the Public Sector
This is the tenth annual report by the National Disability Authority (NDA) to the Minister on employment of people with disabilities in the public sector. The NDA has a statutory role in monitoring employment of people with disabilities in the public sector, arising from Part 5 of the Disability Act 2005.
At the end of 2016, public bodies reported that 3.5% of employees employed in the public sector are people with disabilities. This is a slight decrease from 3.6% in 2015. This decrease in the percentage of employees employed in the public sector is in the context of a significant increase of 12,650 in the number employed in the public sector. While disappointing, it is noted however that this is the highest number of employees with disabilities recorded since the process of statutory monitoring began in 2007. Overall, there is an incremental increase in the number of employees reporting a disability every year for the last six years. The NDA will continue to work with the public sector to build its capacity in the coming year to ensure this trend continues.