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    • Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Shahine Robinson, is to make a submission to Cabinet for the mandatory use of the Labour Market Information System (LMIS) to advertise all job vacancies in the public sector.
    • Mrs. Robinson said that the country’s current unemployment rate, which has averaged over 13 per cent in the last five years, is in part, a result of skills mismatch with attendant oversupply and undersupply in certain sectors.
    • These improvements have resulted in a 267 per cent increase in registered employers and a matching 278 per cent increase in job placements.

    Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Shahine Robinson, is to make a submission to Cabinet for the mandatory use of the Labour Market Information System (LMIS) to advertise all job vacancies in the public sector.

    “When all public bodies use the system at any point in time, the Government will be able to know all vacancies in the public sector. I wish to use this medium to encourage employers in the private sector to register and use the system, which is free,” she urged.

    The Minister was making her contribution to the 2016/17 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on June 28.

    She noted that the Ministry is moving to position the LMIS as the National Portal for labour market intelligence and information to guide decisions by the various stakeholders who access the service.

    Mrs. Robinson  said that  the country’s current unemployment rate, which has  averaged over 13 per cent in the last five years,  is in part, a result of skills mismatch with attendant oversupply and undersupply in certain sectors.

    “The Ministry is working to close these gaps through provision of germane and up-to-date labour market intelligence and career development services,” she said.

    Under the Inter-American Development Bank’s Integrated Social Protection and Labour (ISPL) Project, the functional capacity of the Labour Market Information System and Electronic Labour Exchange has been improved.

    These improvements have resulted in a 267 per cent increase in registered employers and a matching 278 per cent increase in job placements.

    “It is expected that this positive trend will continue,” the Minister told the House.