National database soon to alleviate stress of job hunting

The traditional job-hunting exercise is set to take a new shape when the long-awaited national employment data-base starts functioning on Sunday.

The traditional job-hunting exercise is set to take a new shape when the long-awaited national employment data-base starts functioning on Sunday.

Labour Department director-general Vanguard Mko-sana told members of parliament on Tuesday that the Public Employment Services of South Africa (Pessa) - a free service mechanism linking the employer to job seeker - would be open for the unemployed in all pro-vinces to register.

While the system is expected to start in a small way, it is set to contain millions of names at labour centres, mobile units, and multi-purpose centres by the time it is officially launched around October .

Not only will employers be able to look at the type of skills available, but potential employees can also use the system to search for vacancies.

"When fully up and running at later stages, the system is expected to be able to record when individuals vacate their posts.

"This of course will be made possible by both employers and workers who will report vacancies to be entered in the database," Mkosana said.

To facilitate the functioning of the system, officials of the 129 labour centres countrywide are al-ready being trained by professionals to help enquirers.

Skills training op-portunities and social development projects will also be available on the database once it is fully functional.

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