By Shari-Ann Palmer September 11, 2014
and jobseekers are being urged to make use of the Government’s Electronic
Labour Exchange (ELE) facilities as the country seeks to improve its labour
market outcomes and reduce the level of unemployment.
Technical Director in the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, Errol Miller,
said employers can take advantage of the inexpensive approach to recruitment as
they fulfill their need for workers, while jobseekers can post their resumes to
the Labour Market Information System (LMIS).
the ELE, employers can post job openings and search for matching candidates on
the LMIS website, while jobseekers can upload their resumes and apply for jobs
online,” he said.
Miller was addressing the opening of a job fair hosted by the Ministry of
Labour and Social Security (MLSS) through its ELE and LMIS units on Wednesday,
September 10, at the Knutsford Court Hotel, New Kingston.
addition to matching employers and jobseekers, the ELE also provides job search
techniques, career counseling, resume writing, and access to information on
scholarships and loans.
forms part of the LMIS, which has two other components – Labour Market
Intelligence and a Skills Bank, which houses a database of skills and
occupation within the labour market.
the Labour Market Intelligence provides data relating to levels of employment,
education levels of persons in the labour force, and the types of education and
training, which would be required by the labour force.
Miller said the MLSS, through its Planning, Research and Monitoring unit, will
update its information by conducting two research projects to unearth the types
of skills and jobs in demand as well as the reasons for the low participation
of women in the labour force.
Miller also pointed to the $8 million recently refurbished ELE facilities at
the Ministry’s North Street Office, which he said, is part of the MLSS’ vision
to reproduce similar centres in each parish across the island.
enhanced facility will allow us to strive towards our goal of customer service
excellence while at the same time, providing greater offerings to our clients.
Our overarching objective is to establish one-stop centres across the island
providing job linkages between jobseekers and employers,” said Mr. Miller
Miller wished the gathering of employers and jobseekers well in their quest to
meet their labour expectations.
hope the tips that will be shared today will help you to gain confidence and
assurance for your job search, connect you to resources so that you can be more
knowledgeable about the labour market and enable you to become active managers
of your career paths,” he expressed.
meantime, representative of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), Janet-
Jean Quarrie, reaffirmed the Bank’s commitment to the Government and the people
of Jamaica in the evolution of its national employment portal.
approved a US$30 million loan towards the ELE in keeping with its mandate to
improve human capital and the labour market outcomes of the poor.
Quarry cited recent ratings on the international level have shown major
improvement in Jamaica’s macro economic situation and said the future outlook
for the country is positive and hopeful.
Quarry said that the loan is to be used to “develop a private sector strategy
and the use of job solicitors to increase job listings in growth sectors, to
promote partnerships with the private sector through the development of
satellite facilities in private sector entities and in parishes, and finance a
series of baseline studies to support development and consultations on a
national employment policy and strategy”.
services of the LMIS are free of cost to the public. Its services can be
accessed through the internet, the telephone or by visiting the Ministry’s North
Read more: http://jis.gov.jm/employers-jobseekers-urged-use-electronic-labour-exchange/