LACK OF LABOUR SURVEY CAUSING UNEMPLOYMENT
…last survey in 2016 revealed that 85 000 remain unemployed
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.