Labour min­istry points to lo­ca­tion of some pri­vate-sec­tor jobs

Min­istry of Labour points to lo­ca­tion of some pri­vate-sec­tor po­si­tions Cab­i­net could ex­tend it to pub­lic sec­tor

Jamaica Gleaner - - FRONT PAGE - McPherse Thomp­son As­sis­tant Edi­tor – Busi­ness mcpherse.thomp­son@glean­

WITH AN in­creas­ing num­ber of peo­ple look­ing for work, the Min­istry of Labour is seek­ing to cre­ate aware­ness of its Labour Mar­ket In­for­ma­tion Sys­tem on which it cur­rently has a list­ing of var­i­ous full-time and part-time jobs avail­able in the pri­vate sec­tor.

Di­rec­tor of the Elec­tronic Labour Ex­change in the Min­istry, Lyn­don Ford, is en­cour­ag­ing em­ploy­ers to con­tact the min­istry so it can match prospec­tive em­ploy­ees with the skill sets they re­quire for their or­gan­i­sa­tions.

“It’s to­tally free. What we ac­tu­ally do is have the po­si­tions posted on our web­site, so we would like to en­cour­age em­ploy­ers to utilise the ser­vice as best as they can in or­der for us to put young, vi­brant Ja­maicans to work in the ar­eas that they want,” Ford told The Gleaner in an in­ter­view last Fri­day.

He said more than 900 em­ploy­ers have reg­is­tered on its Labour Mar­ket In­for­ma­tion Sys­tem and have pro­vided the min­istry with the list­ing of the va­can­cies. It also has some 14,000 job­seek­ers reg­is­tered on the site, most of whom are ac­tively seek­ing work.

Among the job post­ings on the in­for­ma­tion sys­tem as at last Fri­day were for cus­tomer ser­vice rep­re­sen­ta­tive, mer­chan­dis­ers, cashier, sales as­so­ciate, house­keeper, en­gi­neer, jan­i­tor, re­tail man­agers, ad­min­is­tra­tive as­sis­tant, plant and ma­chine op­er­a­tors, IT tech­ni­cian, cooks, para­le­gal of­fi­cer, re­cep­tion­ist, chef and prac­ti­cal nurse. (See ex­am­ple on this page).

Ford said the ex­change li­aises with em­ploy­ers and “al­most acts as a job agency”, match­ing job seek­ers with jobs posted on the in­for­ma­tion sys­tem por­tal,

Ford said job­seek­ers may also post ré­sumés on the web­site as well as use the site to ap­ply for any va­cancy.

When prospec­tive em­ploy­ers de­cide to hire some­one for the posts listed on the in­for­ma­tion sys­tem, the gen­eral ap­proach they take is to con­tact the min­istry, which then tries to match job seek­ers with the req­ui­site skills to the jobs.

Ford said the ex­change acts “al­most as an ex­ten­sion” to some com­pa­nies’ hu­man re­source de­part­ments “by screen­ing the re­spec­tive job seek­ers. What we also do is to have what is known as em­ploy­a­bil­ity skills ses­sions, which is prepara­tory work for per­sons with cer­tain skill sets that have been asked of us from em­ploy­ers, and what we do is see how we can find the right fit, then re­fer those in­di­vid­u­als to those po­si­tions.”


At the mo­ment, the Labour Mar­ket In­for­ma­tion Sys­tem has post­ings only for the pri­vate sec­tor, but a Cab­i­net sub­mis­sion is to be made shortly to ex­tend it to va­can­cies in the pub­lic sec­tor, he said.

The in­for­ma­tion sys­tem has been in place since 2002, Ford said, but through the In­terAmer­i­can Devel­op­ment Bank, it was en­hanced in 2013, and that ac­counted for the growth in the num­ber of job­seek­ers and em­ploy­ers on the data­base.

Ford said the min­istry has been mak­ing link­ages with labour­mar­ket players through sev­eral part­ner­ships with stake­hold­ers in the pub­lic and pri­vate sec­tors to boost the vis­i­bil­ity of the in­for­ma­tion sys­tem across the is­land.

As part of that ef­fort, they en­tered into a mem­o­ran­dum of un­der­stand­ing with the Manch­ester Cham­ber of Com­merce to estab­lish a satel­lite sta­tion in the par­ish that would al­low free ac­cess to the pub­lic.

He said the min­istry has also en­tered into an agree­ment with the Ja­maica Li­brary Ser­vice with a view to al­low­ing per­sons ac­cess to the por­tal at ev­ery li­brary across Ja­maica.

Con­nec­tions have also been made with the Hu­man Re­source Man­age­ment As­so­ci­a­tion of Ja­maica “with a view to do a ... part­ner­ship in terms of va­cant po­si­tions”, as well as with ter­tiary in­sti­tu­tions and high schools to pro­mote the in­for­ma­tion sys­tem and en­cour­age stu­dents to regis­ter on the sys­tem.

On the in­for­ma­tion sys­tem, salaries are posted in some, but not all cases. Ford said in­di­vid­u­als can get in­for­ma­tion about the range of salaries at­tached to dif­fer­ent po­si­tions from the Ja­maica Em­ploy­ers Fed­er­a­tion sur­vey, and for pub­lic-sec­tor work­ers, from the Min­istry of Fi­nance web­site.

Job­seek­ers may also ob­tain in­for­ma­tion about avail­able jobs from the HEART Trust and the JobBank web­sites, as well as the Of­fice of the Ser­vices Com­mis­sion web­site which car­ries a list of va­can­cies for gov­ern­ment jobs.

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