Mass Registrations

More than 40 000 jobseekers across the country have registered with the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare over the past five months.The ministry introduced an Integrated Employment Information System last year that would collect, store and update information on the Namibian labour market. During the data-capturing process that started last year November, it was discovered that more women than men registered for jobs.Of the 42 960 people registered throughout the country, 29 340 are women and 13 579 are men.

Ministry spokesperson Paulus Ashipala stated that the system registers jobseekers and not necessarily unemployed people, the main aim of the system is to help unemployed people find jobs, while making it easier for employers to hire people. Although it was previously reported that the deadline for registration had been extended to April 30, Ashipala says the exercise will never stop.According to Ashipala, his ministry had always manually registered job seekers, but a Namibian company was contracted to design the new system before handing it over to the ministry in July last year.

“The company contracted for their technical expertise hired youths from the National Youth Service to roll out the system in the regions. Those youths’ contracts were extended to April 30 and that is where the confusion came from. There is no deadline for registration,” said Ashipala.By last Friday, the Ohangwena Region had the highest number of 9206 registered people, with the Khomas Region second with 8 041 and the Omusati Region third with 7 034 people registered.

The Erongo, Oshikoto and Otjozondjupa regions had registered 6 601, 5 170 and 2 429 people respectively. Other regions include Oshana with 5 150, Kavango East and West with 2 300 and Kunene with 1 341. The regions that registered the lowest number of people since November last year are Omaheke with 800, Zambezi with 710 and Hardap with 486. Ashipala said the demographics of the regions contributed to the low numbers in some areas.

Ashipala explained that through the system, authorities will also be able to determine the names, qualifications and occupations of jobseekers. It will also look at vacancies in the labour market and identify training opportunities for retrenched workers and jobseekers. Other advantages are that it will provide data on specialised skills and statistics on employers in Namibia.

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+1 #2 Ester 2017-03-16 12:56
It is a great innovations
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+1 #1 Pia shoopala 2017-02-09 17:49
That's great news. ..If it's really used it will help alot
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