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Labour Market Information System in the offing

By: Fred Yaw Sarpong- Daily Express

The Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations (MELR) is currently in the process of establishing a Ghana Labour Market Information System (GLMIS) where both employers and employees can assess information.

Madam Mary Ann Addo, Director for Research Statistics and Information Management at LMIS told Daily Express that the system is a data base market activities which will have information about available job, people who are looking for job, information on job migration, information on skills that are available, education and a whole lot.

“What we initially want to do is to create system where people march their skills with jobs available. Employers are looking for the right people to fill several positions and they can’t find them. People are also looking for the job and they cannot also find it. This system is to address that,” she added.

According to her, the system will allow people give information about themselves for the employers to know what they are capable of doing.

“It’s also going to look at information which has been created already. Such information includes the population census, integrated business establishment survey (IBES) and others,” said Madam Addo.

She said through the Ghana Statistics Development Project (GSDP) funded by the World Bank, the Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations (MELR) has recruited a Consultant to design develop the conceptual framework and data requirement for the System.

She mentioned that ones the system is build they will start rolling it out. “We hope to have finished establishing the system with first preliminary report out before the end of this year,” she stressed.

Daily Express told that the Ministry has set up GLMIS National Steering Committee (GNSC), which is tripartite in composition to serve as a coordinating forum for discussions on the development and establishment of the GLMIS, as well as to address cross-cutting issues entailed in the generation and management of labour market information (LMI).

The Steering Committee is responsible for overseeing the implementation and execution of the GLMIS assignment and is expected to advise on the selection of indicators for the GLMIS to facilitate the timely provision of labour market information, including available data collected by the various Labour Market Observatories (LMOs); to ensure that the interests of all stakeholders are adequately addressed; and to ensure the successful establishment and effective roll-out of the GLMIS before the end of this year.

As part of the working arrangements for the realisation of the GLMIS, Daily Express learnt that a Technical sub-Committee of the National Steering Committee have been set up. The primary responsibility of its membership would be to support the day-to-day work activities involved in the development of the GLMIS.


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