Employment of disabled people: the “bitter” results of the five-year term Holland

VIDEO – Associations warn of the sharp rise in the unemployment rate for disabled people, which has reached 18%.

The 20th Disability Employment Week opens on Monday. The opportunity for associations to welcome a breakthrough in support in employment, but also to draw up a “bitter” assessment of the Holland five-year term, marked by a sharp rise in unemployment among the disabled. People with disabilities are on average older and less qualified than all job seekers. Their unemployment rate is 18%, almost double the able-bodied (10%).

(+ 2.3% compared to June 2015), i.e. 8.6% of all job seekers (small activity included), according to Agefiph (Association for the management of the fund for the professional integration of People with Disabilities). Their average duration of unemployment registration exceeds 800 days, 200 days more than all registered, underlines the president of Agefiph, Anne Baltazar. “Since 2012, things have been moving,” concedes Alain Rochon, president of the Association des paralysés de France (APF), citing, for example, the field of training.

But “the report is still as bitter” in his eyes, because the unemployment of disabled people continues to grow “at a higher rate” than that of the able-bodied population. From the end of 2011 to the end of 2015, it increased by 65% ​​and “today breaks all records”, according to the APF. In this gloomy context, the associations welcome a positive point, the recognition of “supported employment” in the Labor law promulgated in August. The implementing decrees are expected by the next interministerial committee on disability, scheduled for early December.

«Job coach»

This system, which is very innovative in France although it has existed for a long time in many European countries, aims to facilitate access to and retention in employment for people with disabilities in ordinary workplaces. A dedicated advisor, a “job coach”, is responsible for supporting both the employee and his company, for as long as necessary. Having a legislative framework for the first time will allow these support actions to be “long-term”, believes Eric Blanchet, CEO of Ladapt, the association organizing this week of mobilization punctuated by forums and conferences. “A great idea, but which comes a little late” in the five-year term, observes Mr. Rochon for his part.

According to the APF, 5 million euros have been budgeted for the initiation of this device, which will make it possible to finance the support in the employment of approximately “500 people”. The APF, like the Fnath (association representing the injured in life), also regret that the funds intended for the professional integration of disabled people (Agefiph for the private sector, FIPHFP for the public service), have seen their financial reserves weakened by government decisions.


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