Disabled make up less than 1% of IT workforce in India, says report

India is one of the biggest centres for the Information Technology and IT-Enabled services in the world. But it offers few employment opportunities to the disabled.

Less than 1% of the almost 39 lakh employees in these companies are persons with disabilities.

There are no official statistics available as many companies do not like to share information about their employees. Based on some surveys, it has been found that the numbers are less than 1%.

One of the challenges faced is finding enough qualified candidates. Infrastructure is not always in line with the norms set by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Most people with disabilities are hired for entry-level roles in services like finance and accounting, human resources, housekeeping and maintenance, and software testing. Biases among the non-disabled staff and lack of access to technology are other challenges.

The introduction of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016 has increased the number of disabilities from seven to 21, and this could change things.

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