Participation rate of Vietnamese disabled people in labor force remains low

The overall labor force participation rate of people with disabilities (PWDs) in Vietnam remains low compared to the total population, with 31.7% of PWDs joining the labor force compared to 82.4% of people without disabilities between 2016-2019.

Participation rate of Vietnamese disabled people in labor force remains low
People with disabilities are provided digital skill training so they can integrate into the economy – Photo: Courtesy of UNDP

In Vietnam, nearly 7% of the population, or some 6.2 million people, live with one or several disabilities. According to the “Employment for Persons with Disabilities in Vietnam” study jointly launched by UNDP and the Ministry of Labor, War Invalids and Social Affairs on December 29, PWDs in the country face enormous barriers in accessing the labor market.

Many PWDs rely on the support of their families or social security payments. Additionally, they are more likely to have low-paying jobs with poor working conditions and limited career prospects.

The key challenges faced by PWDs in the labor market include discrimination and low self-esteem, lack of awareness and access to information and education, lack of access to public buildings and transport, lack of necessary qualifications and barriers on access to capital.

Discrimination against PWDs is still widespread as it is often assumed that PWDs are not able to carry out the required tasks, preventing them from applying, receiving or retaining jobs.

Low self-esteem plays an important role in preventing PWDs from accessing the labor market. Many PWDs are able to work but they are afraid of being subjected to discrimination.

“I think almost all jobs now require a good appearance. I am a person with dwarfism. I am currently 30 years old, but I weigh only 18 kilograms and my height is 1.16 meters, and my health is not good. So, it is difficult for me to apply for a job,” a disabled person said.

According to the Vietnam National Survey on PWDs, the percentage of PWDs who have not completed primary education and are employed is much lower than that of persons without disabilities. Up to 93.4% of PWDs aged 16 and above do not have any technical and professional qualifications and only 6.5% have diplomas and certificates.

Furthermore, PWDs have been severely affected by the Covid-19 pandemic since they are in a particularly vulnerable position. Many of them suffer from underlying medical conditions and have lower levels of financial and job security.

 

A recent UNDP rapid assessment with over 980 responses on the impact of Covid-19 on PWDs showed that a staggering 30% of respondents were left unemployed due to Covid-19. Nearly half of them saw their working hours reduced and among those employed, 59% faced pay cuts.

Although the Vietnamese Government has made a strong commitment to support PWDs, there is still a large gap between the law and practice on employment for them.

The employment of PWDs has not been included in national socio-economic development plans and strategies. The country lacks effective sanctions for businesses and organizations refusing to recruit fully qualified PWDs, while policies to incentivize businesses to employ PWDs are not effective in increasing the number of PWDs in employment.

Moreover, the number of self-employed PWDs and businesses employing many PWDs that can access preferential loans from the Vietnam Bank for Social Policies remains low.

To increase the volume and quality of employment opportunities for PWDs, the study suggests a number of solutions such as establishing local orientation services and job coaching mechanisms for PWDs and including employment support for the disabled in national strategies and plans.

The Government should encourage agencies and departments to employ PWDs to set an example for other employers and provide public funds to cover PWDs' internships in government and private companies to increase their skills and employability.  SGT

Minh Tuan

77 percent of Vietnamese workers still don’t have officially recognized qualifications

77 percent of Vietnamese workers still don’t have officially recognized qualifications

Vietnam’s labor productivity has been been surpassed by Laos and Cambodia is not far behind. Labor standardization and vocational skill development are facing ‘unprecedented’ challenges.

 
 

Other News

.
Millions of students start online learning
Millions of students start online learning
SOCIETYicon  09/09/2021 

Millions of students nationwide have started the new school year via an online learning model due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Vietnam logs 12,680 new COVID-19 infections, 335 deaths on September 8
Vietnam logs 12,680 new COVID-19 infections, 335 deaths on September 8
SOCIETYicon  08/09/2021 

Vietnam recorded 12,680 new COVID-19 infections, including 17 imported cases, in the past 24 hours to 5pm on September 8, the Ministry of Health announced.

HCM City mulls Covid-19 green pass policy
HCM City mulls Covid-19 green pass policy
SOCIETYicon  08/09/2021 

Economic and medical experts in HCMC are in the process of studying and designing the Covid-19 green pass, said municipal chairman Phan Van Mai.

Vietnam to cooperate with French firm to conduct clinical trials of XAV-19 COVID-19 treatment drug
Vietnam to cooperate with French firm to conduct clinical trials of XAV-19 COVID-19 treatment drug
SOCIETYicon  08/09/2021 

Deputy Minister of Health Tran Van Thuan held an online working session with France’s Xenothera company on cooperation to conduct the third phase of clinical trial of Xenothera-developed XAV-19 COVID-19 treatment drug 

VIETNAM NEWS HEADLINES SEPTEMBER 8
VIETNAM NEWS HEADLINES SEPTEMBER 8
SOCIETYicon  08/09/2021 

Chinese State Councilor Wang Yi to visit Viet Nam this week

Kind acts during pandemic can be abused by fraudsters
Kind acts during pandemic can be abused by fraudsters
FEATUREicon  08/09/2021 

More than ever, caution is needed when helping those in need during the epidemic through social platforms as fraudulent acts have increased.

HCM City plans to spend nearly US$350 million to support the needy after Sept. 15
HCM City plans to spend nearly US$350 million to support the needy after Sept. 15
SOCIETYicon  08/09/2021 

HCM City Chairman Phan Van Mai said there are about 2 million households with 5.3 million people in need of welfare support in HCM City.

Vietnam may get 30 million more Covid-19 vaccine doses in September-October
Vietnam may get 30 million more Covid-19 vaccine doses in September-October
SOCIETYicon  08/09/2021 

More shipments of Covid-19 vaccines will arrive in Vietnam, with about 30 million more doses in September and October, Deputy Minister of Health Tran Van Thuan said.

Vietnam logs 14,208 new COVID-19 cases on September 7
Vietnam logs 14,208 new COVID-19 cases on September 7
SOCIETYicon  07/09/2021 

Vietnam recorded 14,208 new COVID-19 cases, including 15 imported ones, on September 7, bringing the national count to 550,996, the Ministry of Health said.

Gov't asks 10 northern provinces, defence ministry to prepare to help Hanoi's COVID-19 efforts
Gov't asks 10 northern provinces, defence ministry to prepare to help Hanoi's COVID-19 efforts
SOCIETYicon  07/09/2021 

Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh on Tuesday asked the defence ministry and 10 northern localities to be prepared to provide support for Hanoi's COVID-19 prevention and control efforts.

Oxygen producers ensure sufficient supply of medical oxygen
Oxygen producers ensure sufficient supply of medical oxygen
SOCIETYicon  08/09/2021 

Oxygen plants in the south are stepping up production to meet domestic demand.

Hanoi considers allowing fully vaccinated people to travel
Hanoi considers allowing fully vaccinated people to travel
FEATUREicon  07/09/2021 

Hanoi has asked the Ministry of Health (MOH) to give guidance on allowing fully vaccinated people to travel and participate in production and pandemic prevention activities.

Fully vaccinated people still have to comply with social distancing regulations, 5K message: Health ministry
Fully vaccinated people still have to comply with social distancing regulations, 5K message: Health ministry
SOCIETYicon  07/09/2021 

The Ministry of Health said those who have been fully vaccinated still have to comply with anti-pandemic warnings, including social distancing and 5K messages.

Vietnam’s “forest man” Ho Van Lang passes away
Vietnam’s “forest man” Ho Van Lang passes away
SOCIETYicon  07/09/2021 

Mr. Ho Van Lang - who lived in the forest for more than 40 years - has passed away at the age of 52 after a long battle with liver cancer.

HCM City calls for 54,000 recovered Covid-19 patients to take part in epidemic prevention and control
HCM City calls for 54,000 recovered Covid-19 patients to take part in epidemic prevention and control
SOCIETYicon  07/09/2021 

HCM City has more than 87,000 Covid-19 patients who have completed quarantine, including 54,000 people of working age.

Health ministry tells HCM City, southern provinces to wrap up COVID vaccination by September 15
Health ministry tells HCM City, southern provinces to wrap up COVID vaccination by September 15
SOCIETYicon  07/09/2021 

The Ministry of Health has called on HCM City, Hanoi and the provinces of Binh Duong, Long An and Dong Nai to ensure everyone aged 18 and above get the first shot of COVID-19 vaccine by September 15.

VIETNAM NEWS HEADLINES SEPTEMBER 7
VIETNAM NEWS HEADLINES SEPTEMBER 7
SOCIETYicon  07/09/2021 

PM to attend 7th Greater Mekong Sub-region Summit

Typhoon Conson set to take complex path
Typhoon Conson set to take complex path
SOCIETYicon  08/09/2021 

Typhoon Conson will enter the East Sea on September 8 night and is forecast to take a complicated path.

Hanoi to tighten travel regulations from September 8
Hanoi to tighten travel regulations from September 8
SOCIETYicon  06/09/2021 

Hanoi will tighten the check of travel permit from September 8 as part of efforts to ensure strict implementation of social distancing measures to prevent the spreading of COVID-19 pandemic.

Hanoi publicises COVID-19 hotlines
Hanoi publicises COVID-19 hotlines
SOCIETYicon  06/09/2021 

The Hanoi Centre for Disease Control (CDC) has announced a list of COVID-19 hotlines for handling related information and opinions from local residents.

 
 
 
Leave your comment on an article

OR QUICK LOGIN