PHILIPSBURG–A total of 231 persons who are actively seeking employment have registered via the employment registration website: www.jobopportunity.sx.
Labour Minister Emil Lee released the figures during the Council of Ministers press briefing on Wednesday.
Lee also said that a total of 25 employers have filled in their profiles online and 29 vacancies have been registered, 16 of which are “active” vacancies. Enquiries are being conducted to determine whether 13 of the 29 vacancies have already been filled.
Additionally, a total of 357 “employment registrations” are geared towards the Personal Incentives for Economic Recovery Programme (PIER) initiative. This programme is aimed at providing temporary employment, training and education to unemployed or under-employed individuals, who will participate in various social and relief projects in their respective communities, for a stipend.
During the PIER drive the Labour Ministry will be seeking general information from job seekers regarding their overall employment and social situation as a direct result of losing their employment or working fewer hours. The Ministry will not use or share the information outside the scope of the National Ordinance Personal Data Protection, as such all results of the survey will be stored in a password protected digital file.
Since it was launched recently the www.jobopportunity.sx website has had a total of 6,457 “views.” Lee said given that the website is still in its infancy stages, he considers the statistics “excellent numbers,” but noted that given the situation in the country, there is probably a lot more room for development.
In the meantime, another session will be held at the Government Administration Building today, March 8, from 6:00pm to 7:00pm where employers who need assistance in filling in their profiles for the website, will receive help to do so.