The LMIA has been staffed with a team of professionals working on information system development and policy analysis in the employment and labour field. The staff of the Unit is being trained with support from the ILO and other institutions, in particular the Federal Bureau of Statistics (FBS), both at federal and provincial levels. In this way the Unit will be able to continue labour market analysis as a regular feature in order to meet future labour and employment policy changes.
Training activities include on-the-job training, training in general and specific software that can be used for statistical analysis and data management, as well as specialised training in labour market analysis.
The LMIA Unit and project are guided by an Advisory Panel chaired by the Labour Secretary, in which all labour market stakeholders are represented. The Advisory Panel enables the LMIA Unit to effectively bridge the gap between data collection and labour market analysis on the one hand, and decent employment and other policy formulation on the other. The Panel reviews the outputs and activities of the Unit on a regular basis and fosters linkages between data collection, analysis and policy development at the national and provincial levels. In this way the Panel ensures continued policy relevance, ownership and sustainability of the LMIA Unit.
Besides labour market analysis, the LMIA system monitors individuals in the labour market to reflect their employability through training, skills development and education. The system identifies the need to promote greater investment in skills and training so that men and women have enhanced and equal access to productive and decent work.
So far, Capacity building exercises have been conducted for the staff of Ministry of Labour, FBS and the Provincial Departments of Labour. Internships are being provided to local university students.
A second issue of Pakistan Employment Trends has been published that reviews selected indicators on skills and wages for the period 2000-2006 using mainly labour force survey data. This information will help policy makers in developing and monitoring education and training reforms.
For further information, please contact:
Mr Manzoor Khaliq
Senior Programme Officer
Tel: +51 2276456-8, Ext. 238