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New website offers hope for job seekers, employers  

People who are out of work or employers seeking new recruits can now register on the www.Lmi.mols.gov.la website, which has been set up by the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare.
The site will assist people to find work with private companies in Laos or in other countries.
Director of the Statistics Division at the ministry’s Department of Planning and Cooperation, Mr Suthanu Butphomvihane, told Vientiane Times yesterday the ministry had set up the website as a platform to connect job seekers and employers in the hope of lowering the unemployment rate.
The www.Lmi.mols.gov.la (which stands for labour market information system, Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare) will provide information about companies in Laos that have job vacancies. Anyone may register on the site and there are plenty of jobs listed in a wide range of fields.
Recognising that unemployment is a growing problem, the website is part of the government’s policy to help people find jobs and be productive workers, Mr Suthanu said.
This website is an important source of information and aims to improve the circumstances of people who are struggling to make ends meet because they do not have a job, he added.
“We admit that the government has difficulty in accessing information about potential employees,” Mr Suthanu said.
Another problem in the job market is that most people want to work for the government, but there is a limited quota of openings available. A government job is preferred over employment at a private company as this work is considered to be more secure. But attitudes must change and more people need to find regular employment, he added.
Unemployment is among the top issues when comparisons are made with the success of other Asean member countries, which some claim is because people have difficulty accessing information about jobs that are available.
A labour census conducted in 2017 and regulated by the International Labour Organisation noted that the unemployment rate was high.
The census found that there were almost 2 million young people in need of jobs, while about 1,700,000 people worked at private companies, SMEs and as government officials. The census also found that over 182,000 people were unemployed, and put the unemployment rate at 9.4 percent.
For several years, the government has been joining with other Asean countries to improve vocational skills through the Asean Skills Competition, which is held biannually to promote vocational and technical work values among young people and skilled workers.

By Phetphoxay Sengpaseuth
(Latest Update May 14, 2019)

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