As the unemployment headache continue hitting Namibia’s youth amidst tough economic times, a measly 3 116 job seekers registered on the Namibia Integrated Employment Information System (NIEIS) got employed out of 15 569.
Labour minister, Erkki Nghimtina, has described this number as disappointing saying that it demonstrates that there are serious structural challenges in a component of the employment creation strategy intended to provide fair opportunities for job seekers.
“Some of the the shortcomings noted are the absence of compulsory registration or reporting by each employer of every job that is created in the country, as it appears that many employees might have been recruited not from the NIEIS, but by word-of-mouth, personal connections, straight from a college, school, street or even the internet,” he said.
The minister also pointed at the lack of relevant skills necessary for economic growth and inadequate attention paid to the recognition of prior learning as having played a contributory factor.
“Employment creation requires a serious and targeted approach and not only political and social talks without offering viable alternatives. Although the state has so far tried to create the necessary conditions and conducive environment for employment creation, this has not translated into the creation of much-needed jobs,” he said.
Nghimtina added that if the economy can not grow to create the necessary job opportunities then it ought to be redesigned.
Economic Association of Namibia’s (EAN) Klaus Schade indicated last year that between 2014 and 2017, 129 644 Namibians had lost their jobs due to drought and the economic situation.
A study done by the Construction Industry Federation (CIF) last year also shows that due to the decline in construction, 63% of companies that responded to them had closed down, gone silent or scaled down.
From September to March of last year, 30% of the employed Namibians in construction had been kicked on the streets, jobless.
By September, Schade disclosed that 74 074 people had lost out on their agricultural jobs and in the fishing sector, 31 607 in the wholesale and retail sector, 11 629 in public administration, 7 944 in the private sector and 4 390 in the transport and storage sector.
“To meet the challenge in the promotion of employment to which I just referred to, the ministry is revising NIEIS to ensure that every job that is being created is recorded by the state, in order to provide for a true reflection of the state of affairs of employment created and to facilitate recognition of the potentiality of each and every Namibian to contribute to economic growth,” Nghimtina said.
He indicated that the ministry will cooperate with the Republic of Korea through the International Labour Organisation (ILO) to update and upgrade the NIEIS to produce a dynamic, inclusive, reliable and effective mechanism that facilitates employment.