Over 90 000 placed in job opportunities – Labour dept

2012-10-10 07:12

The public employment services of the department of labour have placed 96 505 people in job opportunities, the department has said.

Director general Nkosinathi Nhleko said in Parliament yesterday: “The volume of placements depend on the availability of vacancies in the economy.”

Another constraint was that some people profiled through the Employment Services for SA (ESSA) project could not be matched to jobs.

“There has to be a broader collaboration with all players in the economic sphere on how we up-skill people with relevant expertise and make them relevant in the job market,” Nhleko said.

ESSA is an electronic platform to link job seekers and employers. It now has 600 000 job seekers in its database and 2 475 registered employers. There were also 1 162 private employment agencies registered by the end of March.

Nhleko announced that the department had been able to save 15 165 jobs through social plan interventions.

This was possible because of the Unemployment Insurance Fund’s training lay-off scheme. Under the scheme, workers of companies distressed by economic conditions could agree to forgo normal wages to attend training.

They would be paid a training allowance.

Employers benefited by reducing payroll costs for the recovery period and their workers’ skills levels were improved at limited cost.

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