Government Initiatives to Promote Employment of Persons with disabilities
To encourage persons with disabilities to secure employment, the Government has launched a host of schemes to promote employment of persons with disabilities.
Pilot scheme on providing subsidy for Higher Disability Allowance (HDA) recipients in paid employment to hire carers
|The Community Care Fund (CCF) has launched the Pilot Scheme to provide a monthly subsidy of $5,000 for HDA recipients engaged in paid employment to hire carers with a view to encouraging them to sustain employment.||
Enquiries：Social Welfare Department
Pilot scheme on raising the maximum level of disregarded earnings for recipients with disabilities under the Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) Scheme
|The Community Care Fund (CCF) has launched the Pilot Scheme with the aim of encouraging recipients with disabilities under the CSSA Scheme who are currently employed to look for jobs with higher salaries, while those who are currently unemployed to join the labour force.
Under the Pilot Scheme, the maximum level of disregarded earnings (DE) is raised such that the first $1,200 of the monthly earnings from employment of a disabled CSSA recipient will be totally disregarded, while up to half of the next $5,600 of his/her earnings (i.e. $2,800) will also be disregarded, adding up to a total DE of $4,000 per month at the maximum.
|The Pilot Scheme was launched in October 2016 for a duration of 3 years. The CCF has extended the Pilot Scheme in October 2019 under the current mode of operation for 12 months till end-September 2020.|
Enquiries：Social Welfare Department
Service/Scheme under the Selective Placement Division (SPD) of the Labour Department
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|Retention Allowance Scheme||With effect from September 2020, SPD provides a retention allowance to persons with disabilities on a pilot basis to encourage them to stay longer in their jobs, thereby stabling employment. An employee with disabilities will be offered a retention allowance of $3,000 if he/she stays in the job referred by SPD for 3 months. Thereafter, the employee will receive an additional allowance of $1,000 for each ensuing month when he/she stays in the same job. The maximum payment period is 9 months in total. If the employee with disabilities is engaged in a job with less than 15 working hours per week, he/she will be granted a retention allowance of $500 per month.
|Counselling Scheme for Persons with Disabilities||To strengthen employment support services for job seekers with disabilities, SPD has launched the Counselling Scheme on 1 September 2016 and engaged a non-governmental welfare organisation to provide professional psychological and emotional counselling services for needy job seekers with disabilities. The Counselling Scheme serves to alleviate emotional problems of job seekers with disabilities arising from the state of their disabilities or their personal or family matters, so as to help them concentrate on job hunting and settle in their new jobs promptly, thereby realizing their potentials in employment.
Enquiries：Selective Placement Division of the Labour Department
Training and Retraining
To assist persons with disabilities to secure employment in the open market, there are different organisations and groups in Hong Kong that provide training and retraining to equip persons with disabilities with the necessary skills to secure employment.
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|Work Orientation and Placement Scheme (WOPS) of the Labour Department's Selective Placement Division (SPD) - Pre-employment Training||The employment consultants of the SPD will advise job seekers with disabilities to take part in a short-term pre-employment training programme under WOPS with a view to enhancing their chance of employment with the participating employers. On completion of the pre-employment training, they will receive a training allowance of $80 per day of training.|
|Employees Retraining Board||The Employees Retraining Board (ERB) offers courses that are market-driven and employment-oriented so as to meet the changing needs of the employment market. For persons with disabilities and persons recovered from work injuries who constitute one of its special target groups, the ERB provides courses that aim at helping the trainees integrate into the community and achieve self-reliance.|
|Shine Skills Centre of the Vocational Training Council Group||The Centre offers vocational education and skills training to persons aged 15 or above with special educational needs to help enhancing their employability and realising their potentials.|
|Integrated Vocational Training Centre||The Centre is set up to provide persons with disabilities with comprehensive vocational rehabilitation services characterised with structured vocational skill training that aim at assisting them in achieving open employment and developing their potentials.|
|Integrated Vocational Rehabilitation Services Centre||The Centre is set up to provide one-stop seamless integrated vocational rehabilitation services for persons with disabilities. Through work training that is specially designed to accommodate the limitations arising from their disabilities, the trainees are well prepared for potential advancement to open employment.|
|Supported Employment||The service provides support for persons with disabilities in employment so that they can work in an integrated open setting with necessary support services.|
|On the Job Training Programme for Persons with disabilities||The Programme aims at enhancing the employability of persons with disabilities by providing them with on the job training, job-related counselling and job attachment. (The service operators will arrange job attachment for each participant. During the job attachment period, which is not more than 3 months, the participants who can fulfill the required attendance will receive a job attachment allowance of $2,000 per month.)|
|Sunnyway - On the Job Training Programme for Young Persons with disabilities||The Programme aims at enhancing the working abilities of persons aged between 15 and 29 who are with disabilities or showing early signs of mental illness by providing them with training which includes job-related counselling, 180 hours of employment training and job attachment. (The service operators will arrange job attachment for each participant. During the job attachment period, which is not more than 3 months, the participants who can fulfill the required attendance will receive a job attachment allowance of $2,000 per month.)|
|Sheltered Workshop||The Workshop provides persons with disabilities who are not able to take up employment in the open market with appropriate vocational training in a specially designed environment. Its ultimate aim is to enhance their working abilities so that they can move on to supported or open employment wherever possible.|
Employment Assistive Tools
Some persons with disabilities require employment assistive tools to work. They can take the initiative to consult with their employers for the provision of suitable tools and work space. For example, hearing impaired persons may need speaker phones / telephones equipped with signal lights, subtitle devices, flash lights or signaling alarm units, etc.; visually impaired persons may need visual-aid equipment, braille, talking and large print computers, telephones with audible devices and tactile indicators, etc.; and physically handicapped persons may require alternations to their work environment such as the addition of ramps for easy access, accessible toilets, adjustable work desks and seats, etc.
The Individual-based Work Incentive Transport Subsidy (I-WITS) Scheme helps low-income earners reduce their cost of travelling to and from work and encourages them to secure or stay in employment. For details of the I-WITS Scheme, please visit the Scheme’s homepage (https://www.wfsfaa.gov.hk/iwits/en/index.htm ) under the Working Family Allowance Office of the Working Family and Student Financial Assistance Agency.
Work from Home
For information about home-based jobs suitable for persons with disabilities, please refer to the booklet on employing persons with disabilities to work from home published by the Selective Placement Division of the Labour Department.
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