Research project on Employment and Disability
Employers’ Guidelines – consultation process
CRPD has commissioned a research project on disability and employment as part of ESF 2.63 Project Knowledge, Training, Communications and Support Measures to Vulnerable Groups which is co-financed by the European Social Fund of the European Union.
As part of this project, a set of Employers’ Guidelines have been drawn up which are currently open for consultation. Should you wish to submit any feedback, kindly email Allison Zammit on [email protected] by Friday 31 July end of day please.
The research study and the writing of these guidelines were commissioned to Ernst and Young Limited.
Thank you for your time and consideration.
CRPD has commissioned a research study on disabled people and employment. The research contractor is Ernst and Young (EY). This research study is part of an ESF co-funded project being run by the Ministry for the Family, Children’s Rights and Social Solidarity and in which CRPD is a partner. The title of the Project is ‘Knowledge, Training, Communications and Support Measures in Support of Vulnerable Groups’.
The first part will seek to give a more holistic picture of the situation of employment of disabled persons in Malta including the number of disabled persons in employment, the number actively seeking employment, the work they carry out, their pay and conditions of work (such as whether in full-time or part-time employment etc), the number of disabled persons who are able to work but who are not actively seeking employment, reasons why disabled persons who can work are not seeking employment, the barriers disabled people face in their quest to access employment and the implications and consequences of these barriers.
This part of this research shall also involve 300 face-to-face interviews with disabled people who are currently employed, seeking employment as well as others who are not actively seeking employment. The samples shall include people with physical, intellectual, sensorial and mental health impairment, males and females, from different age groups, from Malta and Gozo (regions). A number of these interviews should be made with disabled persons who attend Adult Training Centres.
The second part of the research will look at employed disabled persons and study their situation at the place of work with the aim of highlighting any best practices. Therefore this research will study employed disabled persons, their respective job and the tasks associated with it as well as their employers (such as the type of entity), any reasonable accommodation that was required, any training required by the disabled person, management and fellow colleagues, and whether their employment started before or after the enforcement of the 2% quota. The sample shall include people with physical, intellectual, sensorial and mental health impairment, males and females, from different age groups from Malta and Gozo (by regions). Another 50 interviews as well as three focus groups will be carried out with employers. The interviews and focus groups should include a number of employers who employ disabled people in small, medium and large enterprises in Malta and in Gozo. The number of interviewees from small, medium and large enterprises and the number of whom operate in Malta and in Gozo will be decided between the Contractor and the Contracting Authority.
At the end, the contractor is expected to draw up guidelines targeted at assisting employers in identifying the support they might require in employing disabled persons. Addressing the prejudices and misconceptions of employers does not only help disabled persons find employment but also helps them in retaining employment especially when the disability is acquired after the person has been employed. The guidelines should be based upon the feedback gathered from the interviews with disabled persons and employers, as well as the focus groups with the employers and other stakeholders if necessary, and the literature review is carried out.