LACK OF LABOUR SUR­VEY CAUS­ING UN­EM­PLOY­MENT

…last sur­vey in 2016 re­vealed that 85 000 re­main un­em­ployed

Sunday Observer - - NEWS - BY ZWELETHU DLAMINI

The lack of a Labour Mar­ket In­for­ma­tion Sys­tem (LMIS) is seen as a ma­jor hin­drance in the as­sess­ment of the job mar­ketin the coun­try.

The ob­jec­tive of es­tab­lish­ing the LMIS is to ad­dress the ur­gent need for timely, accurate, re­li­able and eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble in­for­ma­tion on labour mar­ket.

It is also in­form­ing and as­sist­ing ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing in­sti­tu­tions in plan­ning their ed­u­ca­tional pro­grammes, as well as pro­mot­ing em­ploy­ment.

For these reasons, at present it is not clear which job mar­kets re­quires more labour force and which are saturated, and the rate of un­em­ploy­ment is ex­pected to in­crease.

Fur­ther­more, some grad­u­ates may be adding to thou­sands of oth­ers with the same qual­i­fi­ca­tions which can­not be ab­sorbed by the econ­omy. This would be as­sessed once a com­pre­hen­sive labour mar­ket in­for­ma­tion sys­tem is de­vel­oped by gov­ern­ment.

This sys­tem is ex­pected to be a pool of labour mar­ket in­for­ma­tion pro­vided by in­sti­tu­tions, em­ploy­ers and in­di­vid­u­als in­clud­ing job seek­ers.

LMIS is de­fined by the min­istry as: “A net­work of in­sti­tu­tions, per­sons and­in­for­ma­tion that have mu­tu­ally rec­og­nized roles,agree­ments and func­tions with re­spect to the­p­ro­duc­tion, stor­age, dis­sem­i­na­tion and use oflabour mar­ket re­lated in­for­ma­tion and re­sults in or­der to max­imise the po­ten­tial for rel­e­vant an­dap­pli­ca­ble pol­icy and pro­gramme for­mu­la­tion andim­ple­men­ta­tion.”

The LMIS is viewed as in­stru­men­tal in en­abling gov­ern­ment to or­gan­ise, sys­tem­ize and dis­sem­i­nate labour mar­ket in­for­ma­tion. It also es­sen­tial in de­scrib­ing and analysing labour mar­ket to­wards for­mu­la­tion of poli­cies, pro­grammes and in­formed de­ci­sion mak­ing.

“Eswa­tini has long been en­gaged in ef­forts to en­sure avail­abil­ity of sound sta­tis­tics to back ev­i­dence-based poli­cies.To achieve this, the Min­istry of Labour and So­cial Se­cu­rity, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Cen­tral Sta­tis­ti­cal Of­fice, is in a process of de­vel­op­ing a Labour Mar­ket In­for­ma­tion Sys­tem.

To em­brace this, the min­istry en­gaged a con­sul­tant through the Sta­tis­ti­cal Ca­pac­ity Build­ing Pro­gramme, spon­sored by African Devel­op­ment Bank, to de­velop the soft­ware for the LMIS,” re­veals Head of Na­tional Em­ploy­ment Sta­tis­tics Unit Thandi Dlamini.

Dlamini said this soft­ware will, among other things, en­able users to upload their cur­ricu­lum vi­tae, as well as em­ploy­ers to post va­can­cies in their in­sti­tu­tions.

“As soon as you reg­is­ter your qual­i­fi­ca­tions and re­sume in the web­site or ap­pli­ca­tion some­one else be it lo­cally or abroad will be able to en­gage you es­pe­cially those in­sti­tu­tion, which have a de­mand of your ex­per­tise. We will be able to ob­tain data on the pro- fes­sions that need skilled labour and those that are flooded based on the in­for­ma­tion feed in the sys­tem,” she added.

Prin­ci­pal Sec­re­tary Thulani Mkhaliphi said the min­istry con­ducted labour mar­ket sur­veys pe­ri­od­i­cally to in­form the coun­try on the sta­tus of the job mar­kets.

He said such in­for­ma­tion was avail­able to stu­dents and high school leavers, so they could be in­formed on ca­reer paths that would en­able them to in­crease their em­ploy­a­bil­ity once they had com­pleted ter­tiary.“It is not ours to ad­vise higher in­sti­tu­tions on which pro­grammes to of­fer but these (labour sur­veys) are pub­lic doc­u­ments, they can ac­cess them. They are meant to in­form the mar­ket on what de­ci­sions they can take in terms of struc­tur­ing their pro­grammes.

Peo­ple should take the re­spon­si­bil­ity and visit us to look at the dy­nam­ics of the labour mar­ket spar­tic­u­larly if they want to in­crease their chances of em­ploy­a­bil­ity when they fin­ish school. This will help them un­der­stand how the mar­kets looks like in the short, medium and long term,” he said.

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