ILO Moscow webinar series kick-off on Public Employment Services Role in Overcoming the COVID-19 Crisis and the Future of Work

On 18 September, the ILO Moscow launched a new series of webinars on the PES Role in Overcoming the COVID-19 Crisis and the Future of Work, covering a wide range of issues for improving national employment programs, labour market institutions and employment services to facilitate the transition from immediate crisis response towards a job-rich economic recovery.

News | 18 September 2020
At the opening of the event, the ILO officials and international experts stressed the importance of the employment policies and labour market programmes to protect jobs, enterprises and incomes from the fallout of the COVID 19 pandemic. In this crisis, labour market institutions can play a critical role for protecting workers and unemployed from the effects of lockdown restrictions and containment measures aimed at slowing the spread of the coronavirus.

During the Online Trainings PES managers and senior officials will learn how to design, to implement and adjust PES services to the changing world of work within a context of widespread job crisis. They will learn about core employment services and how they are being adapted and adjusted world-wide, to respond to the COVID-19 crisis, bringing the best international experience and good practices.

The Module 1, highlighted how the Public Employment Services revised their priorities, reallocated staff, expanded on-line services and upgraded internet platforms for providing a quick response to jobseekers and workers at risk of losing their jobs and earnings. The PESs have been overloaded with new challenges, as government trying to ensure workers revenues have simplified and extended the coverage of unemployment benefits, delivered new modalities of wage subsidies for protecting existing employment and launched public work programs providing more access to temporary jobs. Participants heard how the Russian Federation, Estonia and Slovenia revamped their employment support programs and developed new forms of monitoring the employment crisis.

International empirical evidence shows that employment services are among the most cost-effective active labour market interventions aimed to mitigate and revert labour market crisis.

Ms. Pille Liimal from the Estonian Unemployment Insurance Fund presented the latest adjustments in the PES operations, such as registration processes, profiling methodologies, on-line labour counselling and multichannel management for more targeted and personalized support for jobseekers. Ms Nina Pozderec, from the Employment Service of Slovenia, introduced the main challenges that the Slovenian employment centers faced during the initial lockdowns and how the institution has moved to digitalization of services and skills upgrading of the PES staff.

Ms. Irina Anisimova, Deputy Head of the IT Department of the Federal Service of Labour and Employment of the Russian Federation (ROSTRUD), presented the multifunctional ecosystem for the labour market - jobs portal Work in Russia, which has been also expanded to provide employment services for Eurasian Economic Union member states, including recruitment of labour migrants and job-placement of young graduates.

The online training for PES in the CIS countries is composed of five webinars delivered together with independent learning, self-assessment exercised and peer to peer exchange. The Module 2 will focus on supporting sustainable enterprises in the context of covid19 pandemic. The content of the online training is primarily based in the manual “Public Employment Services and the Future of Work”, prepared by the project “Partnerships for Youth Employment in the CIS”, being implemented in partnership with the Russian company LUKOIL.