2019 Report on Compliance with Part 5 of the Disability Act on the Employment of People with Disabilities in the Public Sector

This is the fourteenth annual report by the National Disability Authority (NDA) on employment of persons with disabilities in the public sector. Under Part 5 of the Disability Act 2005, the NDA has a statutory role in monitoring this employment.

At the end of 2019, public bodies reported that 3.1% of employees employed in the public sector are people with disabilities. This is a decrease from 3.3% in 2018, and takes place in the context of an overall increase (+2.8%) of employees in the public sector.

In 2019, 186 (86.1%) public bodies achieved or exceeded the minimum 3% target, which is a slight increase on the number achieving the target in 2018. In 2019, 30 public bodies did not reach the minimum 3% target compared to 34 public bodies in 2018.

The NDA continues to work  to guide and advise public bodies on increasing the employment of persons with disabilities, noting that the Government has committed to an increased target for the public sector of 6% by 2024.

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