The government gives companies money to employ Wajongers. However, it is not yet used very much. While the number of young disabled people, for example, is increasing very quickly. A new law was introduced in 2010. This focuses on what Wajongers can do and not on what they cannot do. In 2011, the rules for Wajongers will be tightened even more.
What are the benefits of hiring a disabled employee?
The purpose of the Wajong (Disability Provisions for Young Disabled Persons Act) is to bring young people with disabilities back into the regular labor process. The employer receives financial compensation. These are:
- Premium discounts
- Trial placement
- A no-risk policy
- Wage cost subsidy
- Wage dispensation
Wajonger guidance costs more time and money in the first few months
Guidance for Wajongers costs more time and money in the first few months than for someone who enters a company without a disability. By the way, this also differs per person. But it is precisely during that period that there is a financial bridge. In addition, there is a safety net construction in case of illness. Wajongers are simply sick more often than people who are not disabled. There is a safety net through the UWV that is valid for 5 years. This is a welcome solution for companies that have employed people who are frequently ill.
What is the Wajong?
The Disability Benefits for Young Disabled Persons Act (Wajong) has been in place since 1997. It is the successor to the old AAW. The benefit is intended for people who have become incapacitated for work at a young age. They can remain in it for the rest of their lives, so it does not mean that only young people are in the Wajong scheme. Employers who offer Wajongers an internship or job can make use of various subsidy rules on wage costs. There is also a safety net construction such as a no-risk policy and Wajongers can make use of the sickness benefit for 5 years without their client paying for it.
How many Wajongers are there?
- In 2008, the Netherlands had approximately 179,000 Wajongers who received benefits.
- That was 12,000 more than in 2007.
- In 2008, 28 percent of them were working.
- In 2007 this was 4 percent less at 24 percent.
- Wajongers mainly work in retail businesses and wholesale.
The UWV helps Wajongers find work
In 2009, the UWV helped three thousand Wajongers find work. The goal is to reach 6,000 people by 2010. Entrepreneurs can go to 30 UWV information points to make it easier to hire Wajongers. At these points, the administration surrounding the employment of Wajongers is done by the UWV.
Voucher of 2,500 euros from the Ministry of Social Affairs to screen companies
In addition, the Ministry of Social Affairs is giving away vouchers of 2,500 euros. This allows companies to be screened to see whether there are opportunities for Wajongers.
What makes a Wajonger different from a non-disabled employee?
The experiences with Wajongers are generally very good. They are generally:
- Very motivated
- Often bring a different energy within a company
However, Wajongers are often less productive than other employees.