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Skilled work for disabled on increase

China Daily

16th May 2023

Skilled work for disabled on increase

Cooks at Mina's Restaurant discuss plans for their New Year's celebration in 2019 with deaf waiters and friends. [Photo provided to China Daily]

Rise in such jobs over manual labor tied to internet and livestreaming

China continues to promote the employment of people with disabilities to achieve the national goal of common prosperity.

As of the end of last year, 9.05 million registered people with disabilities had found jobs, and between 2017 to 2021, more disabled people have found jobs in skill- and knowledge-based positions, rather than labor-intensive ones, according to a report released on Monday by the Social Sciences Academic Press, which focuses on the disabled cause.

It said that the disabled population stands at 85 million, accounting for roughly 6 percent of the national population, and thus their employment — the major source of income — matters to the goal of creating common prosperity.

Allowing for their large population, the disabled still face problems landing jobs due to weaker education and skills, job discrimination and the lack of accessible working environments.

To better their employment, governments, social organizations and companies have channeled efforts and resources in the past few decades toward helping to reduce job discrimination against the disabled by improving public awareness and legislation, and introducing more support policies.

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