The LMIS, which is a one-stop data and information website, is designed to satisfy the needs of job seekers and employers. LMIS has been upgraded to make it more user-friendly to both employers and job seekers. Story Highlights The upgrade is aimed at providing more information on employment opportunities to jobseekers, and enabling employers to choose from a variety of qualified personnel. The Ministry of Labour and Social Security (MLSS) has upgraded its Labour Market Information System (LMIS), making it more user-friendly to both employers and job seekers.The LMIS, which is a one-stop data and information source, is designed to satisfy the needs of job seekers and employers, through its newly improved website, www.lmis.gov.jm, or the Ministry’s website, www.mlss.gov.jm.Since its inception in 2001, the system, which is maintained by the MLSS, has been providing cost effective ways for employers to source and recruit suitable employees, as well as for job seekers to post resumes for possible employment.Acting Director of Research and Analysis at the Ministry, Simone McKenzie, informed JIS News that the upgrading of the manpower management tool, as it is also called, is aimed at providing more information on employment opportunities to jobseekers, and enabling employers to choose from a variety of qualified personnel.“The upgraded system provides sufficient information on various types of employment, and guidance to prospective employers regarding best practice techniques, when seeking jobs. It also provides information on areas where there is a skills shortage. With the upgrading of the system, we want to ensure that persons experiencing difficulties acquiring jobs are directed to other partners, so that they can improve their literacy and numeracy skills, for likely employment,” she said.Ms. McKenzie informed JIS News that the system has three components – the Electronic Labour Exchange (ELE), Skills Bank, and the Labour Market Intelligence.The ELE, which is the core component of the LMIS, facilitates the matching of job seekers with employers, and provides both online and offline services to both parties.The online services include: tips on resume writing, preparing for interview, job search and career counselling. The offline services include: assisting employers to post jobs, interview and shortlist candidates. The second component is the Skills Bank, which is a database of certified Jamaicans, with varying skills.“Qualified persons with the required competencies are encouraged to register on-line, so in the event a job vacancy that matches their skill arises, they can be contacted,” she says.The Labour Market Intelligence is the third component. This is a combination of current and historical data on the local economy, population and labour market and also includes information on training opportunities for the youth, sources of funding for education, the most frequently advertised jobs, and summaries of labour market research conducted by MLSS.Ms. McKenzie says that there are a lot of skill areas in demand, as well as persons seeking jobs, hence the need for the upgrading of the LMIS.“From our latest studies, some of the jobs that are in demand are mainly in the health tourism sector, restaurant, and education; for example, chefs, water divers, solar technicians, science, mathematics, and foreign language educators,” Ms. McKenzie discloses.She points out that with this information, for the next financial year, 2014/15, the Ministry hopes to see an increase in the level of employment, since job seekers are more aware of the skills that are in demand and the opportunities available for training. She is also encouraging both job seekers and employers to utilize the LMIS, as the services are free of cost.Ms. McKenzie advises that for job seekers who are not technologically inclined, or do not have internet access, they can visit the Ministry at its North Street offices in Kingston, and assistance will also be provided, free of charge.“One reason why we are not charging persons to use the system is because the information that we provide, we want it to be extended locally, regionally and internationally, because it is web based,” she notes.Ms. McKenzie further informs that persons with special needs have also been taken into consideration, because often times they are not hired because of their disability, despite being skilled in various areas.“We at the Ministry believe in effective social inclusion. Whether a person is disabled, or able-bodied, they must be given equal opportunities to reach their fullest potential,” she says.In addition to the websites, persons can also visit the LMIS Facebook page at www.facebook.com/page/Jamaica Labour Market Information System, for more information.