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More firms in Singapore hiring people with disabilities

Tight labour market proving to be a boon for them; govt subsidies also help

Published on Apr 19, 2014 8:03 AM
Autism Resource Centre clients (from left) Chia Yu Xuan, Hardy Jaafar, Fan Chang Hong, Caleb Lim, Marcus Lim and Nicholas Neo work at Starbucks. The global coffee chain is among a growing list of companies, including fashion retailer Uniqlo, that are hiring workers with disabilities. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND LIM

More companies are opening their doors to employees with disabilities in recent years.

About 2,000 employers who hired 3,200 disabled workers in the first six months of 2012 received wage subsidies, under a government fund set up to encourage the hiring of older and disabled workers.

As at December last year, more than 4,500 employers received the subsidies for hiring 5,700 disabled workers.

They benefit from the Special Employment Credit scheme, in which the Government pays up to 16 per cent of the salary of workers with physical or intellectual disabilities, for those earning up to $4,000 a month.

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Many employers are seeing persons with disabilities as valuable employees. Hiring them helps create a more inclusive work environment for all staff, and improve the overall perception of the company.

- Mrs Michelle Liau, principal of APSN Delta Senior School, noting that more companies are aware of the work capabilities of the disabled