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More office jobs available to the disabled

Growing awareness among employers of these workers' capabilities, say firms

Published on Jun 29, 2014 7:55 AM
A trainer with SG Enable, Rupert Gan, 35 (centre) speaks to participants of a training workshop at the Lifelong Learning Institute on 25 June, 2014. Such training workshops for disabled job seekers are organised by SG Enable and they cover topics such as career planning and interview skills, and aims to help them secure job opportunities beyond the usual FnB companies. -- PHOTO: DESMOND LUI FOR THE STRAITS TIMES 

More job positions in offices - beyond the usual food outlets or hotels - have been available for the disabled in recent years.

In the first half of this year, 39 per cent of the 188 job openings from the companies that government-established agency SG Enable works with were "office-environment jobs".

These included positions for professionals, managers and executives (PMEs), according to figures obtained by The Sunday Times. This is an increase from 31 per cent last year and 26 per cent in 2012.

Companies said this trend could be due to more employers being aware of disabled workers' capabilities.

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Background story

Among the 188 job openings in the first half of this year from the companies that SG Enable works with,

39% were office jobs, including jobs for professionals, managers and executives

37% were of F&B and hospitality types

64% of the jobs were offered by SMEs