We provide support for socially disadvantaged groups, including the disabled, talented people in the countryside, and those in the low-income bracket, so that they can work in the civil service, and put a priority on appointing more women to high-ranking posts. For gender balance in the civil service, we ensure that the percentage of a particular gender of successful candidates who pass each recruitment exam is not below 30%.
The proportion of women in public service
For continued expansion of the proportion of female public officials in administrative positions, we established and implemented the first “Plan to increase appointment of women administrators of grade 4 or higher” in 2007, and we are currently implementing the second “Plan to increase appointment of women administrators of grade 4 or higher” (2012-2017). As a result of the setting of annual targets, we have seen the number of female public officials of grade 4 or higher increase significantly from 454 women in 2007 to 1,237 women in 2016, and the ratio jump more than twice, from 6.2% in 2007 to 13.5% in 2016.
Annual percentage of female administrators of grade 4 or higher
In order to promote the employment of people with disabilities, the government, which is a model employer, mandates that a specified portion of total positions is filled by the disabled. In addition, the government separately administers a career competitive examination to which only those with severe disabilities can apply. As a result, the ratio of those with disabilities employed in the government has increased significantly, from 2.0% in 2006 to 3.44% in 2016. In addition, the government provides support to help public officials with disabilities perform their duties smoothly and fully exert their capabilities, through measures such as assistive technology devices and personal assistance in the workplace.
Furthermore, in order to enhance regional representativeness in the civil service, the government pursues a balanced selection of talented people from each region. In addition, it has a quota system in recruitment so that those from the lowest income bracket with economic difficulties can work in the civil service.