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297 212 job-seekers still unemployed

Mon, 22 June 2015 12:47
by Donald Matthys
Business

The Ministry of Labour, Industrial Relations and Employment-Creation has provided employment to 2 788 out of 300 000 job-seekers registered through their Integrated Employment Information System implemented some two years ago, leaving 297 212 people jobless.
The Public Relations Officer at the Ministry, Maria Hedimbi said the 2 788 placed employees include 1891 males and 897 females.
“The government is trying its best to reduce the unemployment rate in the country which mostly affects the youth and women. The registered job- seekers are connected to job opportunities through employment ffficers who facilitate their registration and placement process”, she said.
According to Hedimbi, the purpose of the system is to register the job-seekers to help link them with prospective employers. It is also aimed at collecting, storing and updating information concerning names, qualifications and occupations of job-seekers as well as registering employers and training providers once they are designated.
“This is done through job canvassing by visiting prospective employers to solicit employment for the registered job-seekers. However, employers who are already aware of this system do contact us to provide them with names and the qualifications of job-seekers, depending on the requirements set for particular jobs”, she added.  
Hedimbi said the type of job the registered job-seeker gets is determined by the skills and qualifications they possess.  
“This is one of the measures in place by the ministry to create employment opportunities. We are confident that once the Employment Service Board, which was inaugurated last October to facilitate the recruitment process in the country through this system starts to designate prospective employers, the system will yield good results. Once the designated prospective employers are gazetted, then they will be compelled to report all vacancies to the Ministry”, Hedimbi stressed.     
She added that all job-seekers can be registered on the system, and there are no age restrictions. All job- seekers within the working age category can be registered, which strictly excludes child labour.
The Director of Employment-Creation at the Ministry, Albius Mwiya said the system falls under the Employment Services’ Act 08 of 2011, and since the Employment-Creation Ministry is new and they don’t have funds to create projects to employ job-seekers, they are trying to place them for employment in other government-funded projects.
He added that they are busy with strategic meetings, whereafter they will request money from the government to implement their own projects, which will be able to accommodate more job-seekers for employment.
“This is an Act, and we will continue registering job-seekers and keep placing them. So, there is no limited time for the system to end”, he noted.
“Due to the mushrooming of mines and fishing companies in the Erongo region, we sent out the majority of job-seekers to that region for employment”, Mwiya stated.
 He added that the Integrated Employment Information System is there to accommodate anyone who is in need of a job.
“As we all know, most Namibian job-seekers are unskilled, as skilled job-seekers already have jobs. Thus, most of the people we have created employment for are unskilled or semi-skilled”, he said.
The funds for the project are mostly spent on the employment officers who go out to place jobs for the job-seekers, and the money is mostly spent on their salaries and transport, Mwiya said.