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MoLSA to launch digital labor market platform

The Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs (MoLSA) announced it is finalizing preparations to launch a national digital labor market information platform.

In an initial step to introduce the platform to different stakeholders, in collaboration with the Ministry of Innovation and Technology (MinT), the Ministry organized an official launch ceremony at Sheraton Addis Hotel on Thursday, July 1, 2021.

During the ceremony, it was indicated that there is a gap between demand and supply of the labor market, which is manifested in poor information access system that does not clearly explain the reality on the ground and the current labor force in the country. This gap is mainly due to the absence of a detailed labor market information system.

Ergoge Tesfaye (PhD), Minister of MoLSA, during the ceremony announced that the Ministry is finalizing preparations to launch a Labor Management Information System (LMIS), which has multiple purposes including institutional arrangements, procedures and mechanisms put in place to coordinate the collection, processing, storage, retrieval and dissemination of labor market information.

LMIS assists in job searching and matching, providing information about market needs, developing job profiles and improving application skills, providing information to employees about the development of new sectors and professions and developing new policies, strategies, programs and projects.

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Dejene Bekele, director of employment and labor market information at MoLSA, for his part stated “There is no digital LMIS in the country,” noting, the practices of handling labor market issues are not well structured and that there is no digital support operating system put in place to alleviate the problem.

“The current labor market information system in Ethiopia does not cope with the changing demands and evolution of the market in an effective manner,” the director underscored.

In an effort to introduce the digitalized labor based information system, the ministry has collaborated with different entities, and conducted various activities including signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with MiNT and entering an agreement of support with the African Union (AU) and International Labor Organization (ILO).

The features of the Ethiopian LMIS, which will be operational shortly, will be implanted from labor sourcing system, which will create a platform for TVET institutions and the industry. Apart from this, the ministry will also prepare a national job portal, a platform where jobs will be advertised and résumés will be searched.

The other feature of the portal is registration of jobs that allows job seekers to manage their profile, upload CV, and apply for a job, training or apprenticeship.

The platform also has a component of matching the professional and personal information of job seekers with available jobs and establish labor sourcing governance framework, which allows different stakeholders to collaborate, share and work together in their effort to bridge the gap between the demand and supply observed in the labor market.

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