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Improved employment and placement services within Cantonal disability offices.

Country of implementation
Switzerland
General short description of the innovation
As part of the 4th revision of the law on disability insurance in force since 2004, Cantonal disability offices were given new means to provide disabled job seekers with specialized job placement assistance. Previously, job placement for this target group was mainly performed by the Public Employment Services. Between 2004 and 2006, 160 job advisors were hired across Switzerland to provide job-search assistance to disabled jobseekers as well as specific advice to employers.
Target group
Disabled
Policy Field
  • employment
  • social
Type of Policy
  • public
Duration of the policy
In force since 2004
Scope of innovation
  • Scope: structural
  • Budgets: unknown, mainly administrative and personnel costs
  • Number of intended beneficiaries: unknown
  • Spatial coverage: national
General description of (intended) objectives and strategies
The main objective of the measure was to foster the integration of disabled people into the labour market by improving the quality of placement and employment services targeted at this group and expand the work support offered to new disability benefit claimants.
Nature of the innovation-short-term perspective
strong
Type of innovation
  • new policy, practice or measure
New outputs
  • job guidance, coaching and/or counselling (introduction of employment and placement services specifically targeted at disabled jobseekers)
  • services (Creation of specialized employer services within Cantonal disability offices)
Intended target group
Jobseekers with disabilities
Working age population
  • employment situation (employment services are targeted to all jobseekers with disabilities, irrespective of whether they receive disability benefits or not.)
Employers-private institutional actors
private employers
Actors involved in policy-making/implementation and/or evaluation
  • agency or national social insurance body (cantonal disability offices)
  • central state
Clarification of the role of various actors
Central state as the main actor involved in policy-making, and Cantonal disability offices as the main implementation actor.
Intended output
  • job guidance, coaching and counselling (introduction of employment and placement services specifically targeted at disabled jobseekers)
  • services (Creation of specialized employer services within Cantonal disability offices)
Did the innovation have any outcome related to job quantity?
the introduction of specific employment services has contributed to improve the activity rate of people with disabilities, even though the activity rate of this population still largely depends on external factors like the regional economic structure
Intended and unintended outcomes
not found
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