Employers called to nominate outstanding disabled employees

Friday, April 18, 2008
Issue 317, Page 5
Word count: 426
Published in: Macau Daily Times

By Poyi (Natalie) Leung

Nomination will begin today for the third “Disabled Employees Excellence Award” which is a program aimed to encourage the public’s recognition and appreciation for employees’ effort and contribution at work.

Jointly organised by the Social Welfare Bureau (IAS) and the Labour Affairs Bureau (DSAL), the program is open to disabled people who hold a Macau identity card and have been working for the same employer, including at private and non-profit institutes or government departments, no less than three months and 12 hours per week.

Applications need to be supported by nominations from participants’ current employers and will open today until May 9.

According to the organisers, the types of “disability” include “obstacles in terms of physical, mental, language, vision and hearing, as well as chronically ill and mental illness rehabilitation”.

A jury formed by representatives from the two government departments and three professionals will select 20 candidates for individual interviews according to their work performance, inter-personal relationships, contributions to the companies or institutes, effort paid in order to overcome difficulties posed by their disability, advanced studies and other personal achievements or social contributions.

The 10 most outstanding employees will each receive a trophy and 5,000 pataca prize money, and their employers will also be given a trophy at the award ceremony to be held in July.

A press conference was held at the rehabilitation service centre in Toi San yesterday and attended by director Ip Peng Kin from IAS and Shuen Ka Hung from DSAL.

Mr Ip said the number of disabled people being hired by government departments had seen a year-on-year rise, from 53 in 2002 to 80 in 2007.

Also, according to figures from the IAS’s eight vocational rehabilitation training or employment referral centres, 90 out of 129 people referred were recruited in 2006, and 96 out of 150 people in the following year.

The Census and Statistics Bureau in 2006 recorded 8,900 disabled residents in Macau.

About 1,700 positions mainly of non-technical and services natures were available in 2007 and more than 40 percent of the job-seekers would demand a salary of minimum 5,000 patacas a month.  Mr Shuen said the result in helping disabled people to find jobs was “positive” and showed a significant improvement compared with before 2003 due to the severe shortage of human resources in Macau, adding those employees were much less likely to change jobs which was an advantage for employers.

For more information, call IAS rehabilitation service centre on 8399 7752 or DASL employment development office on 8399 9811, or visit their websites at http://www.ias.gov.mo or http://www.dsal.gov.mo.

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