PHUKET: With the Phuket labor shortage reaching critical levels, authorities are encouraging employers to hire more disabled workers and are advising large organizations that they are legally required to do so.

Officials from Phuket Provincial Office, Phuket Provincial Employment Office and the Human Development and Security Office held a recent meeting to inform employers about the subject at the Phuket Merlin Hotel earlier this week.

Phuket Provincial Employment Office Chief Noppadol Ployudee said the meeting was to explain to employers about the law relating to the employment of the disabled, as well as highlighting the many advantages of employing them.