The Adecco Foundation has reported that, according to data from the State Public Employment Service last year, there is an increase of 25.8% in contracts for people with disabilities in Seville, since in 2017 there were 6,157 contracts, compared to 4,893 in 2016.
According to the general director of the Adecco Foundation, Francisco Mesonero, the main factor behind this data is an "economic recovery that, to date, has been inclusive, together with a gradual change of mentality in companies, which begin to value talent above disability.
"It also notes that people with disabilities themselves, especially the new generations, are championing a "paradigm shift, considering a professional future like that of any other citizen and breaking the anachronistic belief that identifies them with inactivity and/or dependency.”
"Finally, the new legislation of 2013, which unified the existing regulations on disability issues, is beginning to bear fruit and demonstrating its efficiency, which is reflected in the increase in hiring," he adds. The 19% of these contracts were in the ordinary market, that is to say, a total of 1,175 contracts, which shows a growth of 25% with respect to the previous year.
"People with disabilities are having more participation in normalized work environments, although it is necessary to continue promoting, whenever possible, this professional modality, which is the ultimate goal of any integration process, as the person with disability equates to the rest of workers and their inclusion in full," says Mesonero. It's also crucial not to forget the importance of continuing to support people with disabilities in their access to employment. "There are still many who could work and do not because of prejudices and stereotypes, taking into account that their activity rate is 36 percent compared to the general 59 percent.”
On the other hand, he considers it vital to guarantee that his hiring "does not obey exclusively to the economic recovery, but it is extendable to any conjuncture."
"To do this, it seems necessary to promote awareness that will strengthen the change of mentality that is already underway, and that will be the only guarantor that the employment of people with disabilities is sustainable over time," he stresses.
The above article was written and published in Spanish and has been translated into English. Click here to read the original article.
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