Lilongwe, October 18, Mana: Ministry of Labour has trained District Labour Officers (DLOs) in data collection and management using Labour Market Information System (LMIS) after noting a gap in information management and dissemination amongst the labour officers.
LMIS is a system for systematic collection, populating, analysis and dissemination of data to all stakeholders in the labour market.
Speaking during the opening of the training at Mponela in Dowa on Monday, Deputy Minister of Labour, Vera Kamtukule described the innovation as a great achievement for the Ministry saying data will now be consolidated from all the districts and easily shared with stakeholders.
“Information is key for informed policy and other management decision making. This requires accurate and up to date information which should be collected regularly,” she said.
She said for the past years, the Ministry has been relying on data collected during surveys conducted periodically, hence did not have up to date data in their records.
She said such challenges compelled the Ministry to engage a consultant to develop the system, so that it can operate efficiently and effectively, on top of that, equipping all Labour Officers with operating skills of the system.
Information about labour will be collected and dissected from all 28 districts and Labour Officers will be sending the collected data to a national database at the headquarters in Lilongwe.
“This system will be showing jobs which are marketable, how many people are employed during development projects, in short statistics to do with labour will now be easily accessed,” she said.
She described the training as very important for the Labour Officers saying they are being trained on how they can collect the right data and how they can transmit it to the database.
She, therefore, encouraged the Labour Officers to take the responsibility of data collection seriously because, without regular and timely collection of data, the system will be of no use.
Kamtukule said people will soon be able to access the information which will be found on the Ministry’s website.
District Labour Officer for Zomba, Innocent Banda said the innovation was timely as it will bridge the information gap that existed.
He said without the system they were not collecting enough data, and as Labour Officers, they lacked coordination among themselves after collecting data.
“We were not quantifying most of the information we were collecting because we did it manually and with the introduction of this system, we will be given tablets to be used in the data processing system,” he said.
He said they were under collecting data and sometimes collecting data that is irrelevant for the Ministry and country’s labour market development.
The Ministry distributed tablets to all 28 District Labour Officers for easy data capturing and collection.