The Ministry of Labour and Social Security will be re-launching its Labour Market Information System (LMIS) website in early January, to facilitate new employment and training opportunities for persons with varied skills.
The system is an employment facility to satisfy the needs of job seekers and employers. It provides a cost effective means of sourcing and recruiting suitable employees. Job jobseekers are required to be registered, interviewed, classified, and screened, before being referred for possible placement.
Making the announcement Thursday (December 2) at a Labour Market Forum at the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ), in Kingston, Labour and Social Security Minister, Hon. Pearnel Charles, said he is passionate about creating job opportunities and increasing productivity, so that there can be an efficient and effective labour market in Jamaica, despite the economic challenges.
He said that the Ministry will be embarking on an extensive drive to secure a pool of multi-skilled persons, and urged potential workers and employers to come onboard, as soon as the opportunities arise.
Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Pearnel Charles (left), shares a joke with Deputy Director General of the PIOJ, Dr. Pauline Knight, following the staging of a Labour Market forum at the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ), New Kingston Thursday (December 2).
Citing the latest Labour Market study, commissioned by the Ministry to determine the demand and supply of skilled workers, the Minister noted that the study revealed gaps in the skilled labour force. He said that 40 per cent of the employers declared that less than 20 per cent of their employees were certified in a skilled area, while another 60 per cent indicated that there is need for ongoing skills training in their organisations.
“It must be noted that the type of skills which are in high demand, are in customer service, computer technology and sales,” he informed.
The Ministry of Labour and Social Security has been strengthening its capacity to reduce unemployment and produce a more skilled labour force, with the implementation of the Steps-to-Work, Special Youth Employment and Training (SYEAT) and the Youth Empowerment Strategy (YES) programmes.
Additionally, the Ministry, in collaboration with the International Labour Office (ILO), developed a Jobs Pact for Economic Recovery for Jamaica, as part of the Decent Work country programme, geared towards creating an enabling environment for economic and social development, with special emphasis on job creation, policy implementation and social protection.
The Labour Market Forum was put on by the PIOJ, in collaboration with the Labour Market Information Technology Advisory Committee (LMITAC), under the theme, ‘Jobs for Growth – the Contribution of the Labour Market in Economic Expansion’
Deputy Director General of the PIOJ, Dr. Pauline Knight, said the forum aimed at garnering ideas and solutions to unemployment, and underemployment, created by the global economic recession.
The forum explored job creation as a critical cause (as opposed to an effect) of sustainable economic development, and examined the value-added contribution that the labour market is uniquely positioned to make to Jamaica’s socio-economic development.