Minister of Labour and Social Security Fackson Shamenda says Government will launch an online job portal at a cost of KR7 million (K7 billion un-rebased) before the end of June to promote job creation.
Probably this is how money saved from removing subsidies would be used.
Speaking during the launch of the public employment exchange services centre in Ndola on Monday, Mr Shamenda said Government wants to re-establish the public employment exchange service, a vital function that has been abandoned over the years.
“The online system will provide means for users to submit their curriculum vitae online which will be seen by potential employers,” Mr Shamenda said.
He said the public employment exchange service is not a new concept and is widely used in developed and developing countries as an integral part of national programmes to achieve and maintain full employment.
“These services facilitate the registration of job seekers and prospective employers, as well as matching job seekers with employers,” Mr Shamenda said.
He said President Sata directed the Ministry of Labour and Social Security to re-establish the public employment exchange service to enhance job creation.
Mr Shamenda said Government will now be able to monitor which skills are available on the market and those that are lacking, through the public employment exchange service.
Government has already conducted assessments in five field stations including Lusaka, Ndola, Solwezi, Chipata and Livingstone to determine the current employment exchange service status and establish the essential facilities.
“The ministry has decided to start this exercise of reviving the public employment exchange service in Ndola, which is the economic hub of the Copperbelt,” Mr Shamenda said.