A Roadmap for the Development of Labor Market Information Systems

Kjartan Sorensen and Jean-Michel Mas
FHI 360
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Publication Date: 
Aug, 2016

This study provides a new lens for understanding labor market information systems (LMIS) and offers guidance for the focus and sequencing of investments in their development. We argue that traditional technical assistance to support LMIS in Africa has neither succeeded in improving the functioning of labor markets nor achieved sustainability of the systems themselves, because of a narrow focus on producing employment statistics at the macro-level. Though such efforts are much needed, a more comprehensive and integrated approach will be required to address the urgent information needs of youth and employers and to realize the African Union’s ambition to elevate the roles of labor market institutions and LMIS as “important components of national economic development planning” over the coming five years.

Labor market information is used throughout the study as an umbrella term depicting all information about the labor market, including processed and untreated data, including the inputs (labor market data, soft and hard), the processing (labor market analysis) and the outputs (labor market intelligence). All countries generate labor market information, either deliberately or indirectly, through various forms of administrative data such as from running employment services, managing taxes, or providing education. The question, then, is at what point labor market information should be considered part of an integrated system.

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Workforce Development
Sub-Saharan Africa
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