Government is set to launch the Ghana Labour Market Information System (GLMIS) in September 2023, according to an announcement by the Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations (MELR).
The advanced technology platform, funded by a $30 million grant from the World Bank, aims to serve as a comprehensive resource for all labour market information, connecting job seekers from both formal and informal sectors with employers.
The GLMIS will provide synchronized data from various state entities and private sector organizations, offering insights into Ghana's employment landscape, including emerging trends, in-demand skills, and training opportunities.
The system will also prioritize accessibility, featuring text-to-speech functionality, adjustable font sizes, and keyboard navigation, making it inclusive for individuals with disabilities.
Ghana's initiative aligns with the standards set by the International Labour Organization (ILO), which emphasizes the importance of labour market information for human resources development and program planning, while also suggesting strategies to overcome barriers to its effective use.
Nana Amoako Bonti Kakra Asante, a Management and Information System (MIS) Specialist for the Ghana Jobs and Skills Project, explained that the GLMIS will facilitate job seekers and employers in trading and marketing themselves.
He emphasized that the system's objective is to serve as a centralized platform, simplifying the job search process for individuals while providing valuable insights to the government and other entities for employment and labour policy decisions.
Nana Asante made these remarks during an engagement session with media personnel in Accra, as part of the Ministry's stakeholder interactions leading up to the official launch of the digital labour market information platform in September.
The purpose of the engagement was to inform and enlighten the media about the new system to support their role in disseminating information about GLMIS.
Regarding cybersecurity, Nana Asante assured stakeholders that the Ministry, in collaboration with key partners such as the National Information Technology Agency (NITA) and the Data Protection Agency, will ensure the security of users' biodata and other information.
The principles of the Data Protection Agency will safeguard individuals' data entered into the system, and measures will be implemented to prevent fraudulent access and maintain the safety of job seekers' and employers' information.
Deputy Minister of Employment and Labour Relations, Mr Bright Wireku-Brobbey, called on the media to assist in disseminating information about GLMIS to reach a wider population.
He emphasized the Ministry's commitment to timely implementation of the system to fulfil its mandate of providing labour and employment information to Ghanaians.
Mr Wireku-Brobbey highlighted that the GLMIS represents a significant step towards fostering a more efficient and inclusive job market in Ghana, empowering both job seekers and employers.
He expressed confidence that the implementation of the system would address disparities in labour and employment data in the country, calling on all stakeholders to support this transformative initiative.