NTMA found in breach of legislation on staff make-up


NTMA missed a target to have people with disabilities make up 3pc of its workforce in 2014 and 2015
NTMA missed a target to have people with disabilities make up 3pc of its workforce in 2014 and 2015

The State body that manages Ireland’s money has been found to be in breach of a law designed to boost employment of people with disabilities.

The National Treasury Management Agency (NTMA) missed a target to have people with disabilities make up 3pc of its workforce in 2014 and 2015.

In a letter released to the Irish Independent under Freedom of Information, it informed Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe last month that it had been “deemed non-compliant” with Part 5 of the Disability Act 2005, for the relevant years.

The letter outlines steps the NTMA took to try and meet the target, including establishing “a health and wellbeing programme with key areas focusing on mental health”, and carrying out health screenings for staff.

“Despite the efforts outlined above in 2014 and 2015 we did not see an increase in employees declaring a disability,” the letter states.

“We recognised that more was required to ensure we achieved the 3pc target at a minimum and to improve overall diversity and inclusion within the agency. To achieve this we established a disability awareness team which is made up of representatives from across the business”.

A spokesperson for the Department of Finance said the NTMA had now “exceeded the minimum requirement under the Disability Act, with 3.4pc of staff declaring a disability in 2017.

“The NTMA recognised their need to reach their target of 3pc and set about a number of policies to reach this target. The NTMA is confident that they will achieve the 6pc statutory target in 2024,” the spokesman added. A spokesman for the NTMA said the body is “fully compliant with and exceeds its statutory targets for employing people with disabilities.”

“The letter refers to non-compliance with 2014 and 2015 targets and states that the NTMA has taken the necessary action to address this,” the spokesman said.

“The NTMA is strongly committed to employing people with disabilities and supporting them as highly-valued members of the workforce. This commitment is demonstrated by the Willing Able Mentoring (WAM) Leader award received by the NTMA earlier this year. AHEAD, which organises the WAM Leader awards, says they “recognise the significant contribution of employers…through facilitating work placements or building their disability related knowledge and in-house staff competencies”.

Irish Independent

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