ASTANA – An electronic labour exchange, a free unified database providing labour market information, will be launched in September, said Vice Minister of Labour and Social Protection Birzhan Nurymbetov at an April 21 Central Communications Service briefing.
The exchange will be designed on the basis of Enbek.kz, a currently-functioning portal, he said. Human Resources Development Centre specialists have developed a new functionality for the platform and improved the existing portal. Information will be collected from employment centres, job seekers, enterprises, organisations and recruiting companies involved in finding personnel.
A personal account registration to minimise administrative barriers and automate reporting will be provided for certain interested parties. The exchange will integrate government agency databases to obtain complete information about applicants and employees.
“We started creating an electronic labour exchange to simplify the job employment process as part of the goals defined in the presidential policy article ‘Course towards the future: modernisation of Kazakhstan’s identity.’ The creation of this online platform implies a shift from traditional labour mediation to independent recruitment of vacancies and personnel. The Human Resources Development Centre will in fact serve as an HR-service and, at the same time, it will be free of charge. The electronic labour exchange should be the easiest and habitual way to find and provide work,” he said.
The plan also includes modernising employment centres. New standards for providing services and transforming the centres from state institutions into state-owned public enterprises will be introduced. Equipping centres with new computers, installing software packages that provide access to all ministry and reference database information systems and introducing electronic queues will be implemented.
The E-Halyk information system, which ensures citizens’ employment, determines accurate population numbers, monitors internal and external migration, keeps records of citizens belonging to socially-vulnerable categories, unemployed and self-employed and updates all state information systems data to ensure universal declaration of citizens’ incomes.
“We are implementing the E-Halyk system primarily to address employment issues. It will contain data on all persons who have a job, receive social benefits and are unemployed or self-employed. The system allows residents living in rural areas to register as unemployed in their place of residence and they will not have to go to the employment centre of the population. They will also be provided with all necessary information on what state support measures they can expect,” said Nurymbetov.
More than 80,000 people have participated in the productive employment and mass entrepreneurship development programme, 31,000 of whom have found permanent jobs. Short-term courses have started as part of 91 special projects and more than 260 microloans have been issued to start business expansion.