Krasnodar, 17 May – Yug Times. In less than four months of this year, more than 5,000 vacancies labelled ‘accessible to people with disabilities’ were published in the Krasnodar region, which was 1.7 times more compared to the same period in 2023, analysts reported. Throughout last year, Kuban companies increased the number of new jobs for people with disabilities by 51% compared to the figure for 2022. 

Experts note that due to the shortage of staff, the employers began to look closely at those categories of the population with whom they had previously not worked so actively. 

"The largest share of vacancies available to job seekers with disabilities is placed by Kuban employers in sales and customer service, maintenance and household work, transport and logistics, administrative work and working specialities. The least number of vacancies accessible to people with disabilities was available in fitness and beauty industry, and at the managerial level, in procurement, and the legal environment," the study states. 

The analysts noted that since the beginning of this year, the volume of inclusive vacancies has been increased by employers from the sphere of medicine and pharmaceutics, and agricultural companies. 

Yelena Martynova, co-founder of the Everland inclusive project, emphasises that one of the reasons why the number of vacancies accessible to people with disabilities is growing in the region and in the country as a whole is due to changes in the legislative regulation. In 2022, the requirements for the quota of jobs for people with disabilities and control over their fulfilment were tightened. Such a measure was supposed to become a motivating factor for the employers. The quotas for disabled people are set for organisations with a staff of 35 people or more. According to the Ministry of Labour and Social Development of the Krasnodar region, in 2024 the quota will be 3% of the average payroll, and 16,000 quotas for disabled people have been set for five thousand employers. In February, 12,500 disabled people worked in the quota jobs. According to Mikhail Novikov, Head of the Department for Employment of Disabled Persons of the Perspektiva regional public organisation of disabled people, only about 10-15% of the total number of people with disabilities of working age are now fully prepared for employment. The rest, for one reason or another, do not fulfil the market requirements for all job seekers. 

"Not all jobs are suitable for people with disabilities. That is, we need to seriously restructure our approaches to employment," emphasises Mikhail Novikov. "There is a tendency among many employers to reduce the share of migrants among their employees and try to hire people with disabilities in their place, while keeping the same duties and requirements. Such stories do not end in success. In addition, many companies focus exclusively on one category of people with disabilities - the acoustically challenged. Other applicants, such as persons with visual or mobility impairments, are most often not considered as potential employees.

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