Mauritius: International Labour Organization to help address labour market mismatch
ILO’s recommendations are eventually expected to contribute towards an improved understanding of the labour market information system and decent work indicators for employees working in the island economy. (Image: The Guardian)
Mauritius’ labour market is set to benefit from the expertise of none other than the International Labour Organisation (ILO), which is extending assistance to the island economy’s Labour Ministry to address the issue of mismatch on the labour market in Mauritius.
ILO’s recommendations are eventually expected to contribute towards an improved understanding of the labour market information system and decent work indicators for employees working in the island economy.
Data collected by the Labour Market Information System (LMIS) shows that the placement of jobseekers is becoming more and more challenging. Incidentally, the LMIS was put in place by the Ministry to ease the registration of both jobseekers and employers.
One of the main challenges on the LMIS is that the profiles of available jobseekers are not in line with the expectations of the employers, which is causing a substantial mismatch between labour demand and supply.
This, in turn, is resulting in an increasing number of unemployed among the youth, women and degree holders, putting both the more vulnerable and the more highly educated sections of society at a disadvantage.
In this context, ILO Consultant Dr. Coffi Agossou is currently in Mauritius from 25-29 August to support the Ministry in effective policy-making on matters concerning labour market analysis and to provide capacity building regarding data available on the LMIS.
Dr. Agossou will meet different social and economic partners such as the Mauritius Employers Federation, the Trade Unions and Statistics Mauritius, in addition to officers of the Employment Information Centres (EIC) of the Ministry.
The ILO expert will be called upon to study the available data collected by the Employment Service and provide necessary technical know-how on the statistical analysis of the data so as to obtain concrete information for proper and targeted policies.
The ILO Consultant will also conduct a three-day training programme for some 30 officers of the EIC and Statistics Mauritius to help them better understand the labour market data and analysis systems, enabling them to optimally analyse data from the labour force survey.
Besides, participants will be trained to calculate key indicators on employment, underemployment and unemployment, as well as analyse and write reports on the labour market.
The training will also derive indicators which are related to gender issues, in order to fine-tune policies on gender equality and women empowerment.
A fact sheet on a quick look at the labour market in Mauritius will be adopted as a guide for disseminating the labour force survey data, in addition to an action plan to improve the job management system.
It will be noted that the Ministry of Labour has, among others, the responsibility to ensure the facilitation and placement of unemployed jobseekers in productive employment avenues, through its present Employment Service comprising 13 EICs across the Island.
The main function of the EICs is to register jobseekers and refer them to prospective employers upon availability of vacancies and the qualifications and competencies required.
This activity is carried out with the support of the Labour Market Information System (LMIS), which enables the collection of data from both jobseekers and employers. Thereafter, profiles of jobseekers registered at the Employment Service are matched with the vacancies notified by the employers, including those looking for expatriate employees.