Chung-Shan Institute, EVA Airways fall short on disabled hiring

EVA Airways headed a list of employers who failed to meet statutory requirements for hiring people with disabilities. (Photo by CNA)

Taipei, Feb. 21 (CNA) The National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology (NCST) and EVA Airways headed a list of employers who failed to meet statutory requirements for hiring people with disabilities that was released Wednesday.

As of November 2017, 7,142 enterprises in Taiwan were obligated to employ 57,455 people with disabilities based on the People with Disabilities Rights Protection Act, and they in fact employed 84,172 people with disabilities, 46.50 percent above the quota.

The Ministry of Labor’s Workforce Development Agency said 1,577 organizations — 42 public employers and 1,535 private enterprises — did not hire the number of disabled employees required, falling short by 2,239 individuals.

In the public sector, the NCST was legally required to hire 252 people with disabilities, but it only employed 231, and the shortfall of 21 was the biggest of any public institution, the Workforce Development Agency said.

The gap may have been partially filled when newly hired employees with disabilities started their jobs at NCST in January, according to the agency.

In the private sector, EVA Air was legally required to hire 94 disabled workers but was in fact only employing 77. The shortfall of 17 people was the biggest in the private sector.

(By Yu Hsiao-han and Evelyn Kao)