Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Japan are failing to meet disability employment rate quotas, according to a study from Japan-based recruitment and job information provider En-Japan Inc.
The study found that 60% of SMEs have not met their quotas for mandatory employment of people with disabilities.
As of April 2018, Japanese law requires private-sector firms to meet a quota of 2.2% for employees with disabilities. Prior to this, the quota was 2.0%.
En-Japan’s study, based on a poll, found that 35% of SMEs were willing to hire people with mental or physical disabilities. However, En-Japan emphasized that its survey response rate was 0.5% with the survey sent out to 85,000 companies between August and September, but only 408 companies with more than 50 employees responded.
“Smaller firms generally have few job opportunities suitable for disabled people,” En-Japan stated.
A story published earlier this year by Reuters, found that several government agencies in Japan may have been inflating figures on the number of disabled people they employ for decades in order to meet quotas. A recheck of its figures was requested and the Labour and Welfare ministry said it would announce its findings as soon as possible.
Under quotas revised this year, disabled people are expected to make up 2.5% of employees at state agencies and 2.2% in the private sector.