Study shows low employment of persons with disabilities in Jordan
A report released Saturday showed that persons with disabilities (PWDs) represent only one percent of the workforce in Jordan's public sector, Xinhua reported.
The report, prepared by the Amman-based Phenix Center for Economic and Informatics Studies, indicated that employment of PWDs in the private sector stands at two persons per 1,000.
Figures posted on the country's Labor Ministry, indicate that Jordan's workforce in the public and the private sectors amount to about 1.342 million.
According to the study, of the total 10,100 persons employed in the public and independent institutions in 2008, 1.6 percent were persons with disabilities.
"The study shows that commitment to laws and regulations on recruiting people with disabilities is not as desired. The percentages are very low," Ahmad Awad, the center's General Director, told Xinhua on Saturday.
According to the country's Law for the Rights of People with Disabilities, institutions and companies in public and private sectors are required to employ persons with disabilities.
Institutions employing between 25 and 50 workers are obliged to employ one PWD, according to the law. If the number of workers in any Jordanian establishment exceeds 50, employees with disabilities must account for at least 4 percent of the workforce.
The country's labor law stipulates that 2 percent of any institution's staff must be disabled persons.
There are no exact figures on the number of PWDs in Jordan, but according to World Bank estimates, the rate ranges from two to four percent, while Jordan's Higher Council for Affairs of People with Disabilities puts the rate at 4 percent.