Shramsansar, a Labour Market Information System, Launched in Koshi Province

Labour market insertion
Kavya Biswokarma28.12.2023
The launch event marked the integration of the LMIS- Shramsansar into the Ministry of Social Development (MoSD) aligning with the constitutional vision of Nepal. Moving forward, MoSD will take ownership and operation of the system to fulfill the constitutional mandate, with the system’s development supported by the Step Up project. In the long run, Shramsansar aims to help understand the job market and act as a platform to keep track of employment and labour policies. 

Shramsansar- a Labour Market Information System (LMIS), is an all-in-one platform, the first of its kind in the Koshi Province. Developed with the support of the Step Up project, the platform shares information about jobs and entrepreneurial opportunities while also facilitating increased interaction and information exchange among public and private labour market service providers, training providers, employers, and unemployed youths. The platform was launched and demonstrated in an event organised by the Ministry of Social Development (MoSD) in Biratnagar on December 27. Chief Minister of Koshi Province Kedar Karki, who served as the chief guest at the event, emphasised his commitment to advancing the system, making it easier for individuals to find jobs that match the demands of the labour market. 

Kedar Karki, Chief Minister of Koshi Province, launching Shramsansar

Joined by special guests, the mayors of Biratnagar, Itahari, and Duhabi, the event also hosted key figures including the secretary of Office of Chief Minister and Council of Ministers (OCMCM), secretary of MoSD, and the Country Director of Swisscontact in Nepal.

Chief Minister Kedar Karki further expressed his dedication to making the system efficient, effective, and more user-friendly for job seekers.

"The province's current priority is to enhance human capital, and we believe Shramsansar will empower unemployed youths by enabling them to choose jobs based on their skills and in accordance with market demands and requirements, transcending traditional job-seeking approaches"
Kedar Karki, Chief Minister, Koshi Province

The mayors of Biratnagar, Itahari, and Duhabi, along with other dignitaries, lauded the system's potential to transform the labour market in the province. 

"We are committed to extend Shramsansar to rural municipalities, ensuring that youths at all levels have access to entrepreneurial and employment opportunities"
Bed Narayan Gachhadar, Mayor, Duhabi Municipality

Sanjay Karki, the Country Director of Swisscontact in Nepal, emphasised that Shramsansar aims to make it easier for individuals to find jobs and for employers to find the right candidates by using digital tools. 

"The Shramsansar mobile application will enhance accessibility to the platform for everyone, making it easier for all to access comprehensive labour market information"
Sanjay Karki, Country Director, Swisscontact Nepal

Krishna Prasad Pokharel, Under Secretary of MoSD, emphasised the importance of service providers registering on the portal.

"MoSD is conducting training programs to generate skilled manpower. We believe that Shramsansar will further streamline access to labour market information, helping individuals to understand market needs and requirements"
Krishna Prasad Pokharel, Under Secretary, Ministry of Social Development, Koshi Province

The launch event marked the integration of the LMIS- Shramsansar into MoSD aligning with the constitutional vision of Nepal. Moving forward, MoSD will take ownership and operation of the system to fulfill the constitutional mandate, with the system’s development supported by the Step Up project. In the long run, Shramsansar aims to help understand the job market and act as a platform to keep track of employment and labour policies. 

Why Shramsansar?

Despite the substantial demand for skilled workers in various sectors within the Biratnagar-Itahari economic corridor, municipalities, Employment Support Service Providers (ESSPs), Training Service Providers (TSPs), and unemployed youths in the region are unaware of employment and training opportunities. According to Nepal Labour Force Survey 2017/18, out of 3.6 million individuals in the working-age category in Koshi Province, 136 thousand were unemployed. The underlying issue was the absence of a labour market information system to identify, record, and disseminate information about labour supply and demand. In response to these findings, Step Up supported the development of an LMIS that provides information on employment and entrepreneurial opportunities while also facilitating increased interaction and labour market information exchange among public and private labour market service providers, training providers, employers, and unemployed youths. 

The platform stands out with its user-friendly features, allowing free registration and application processes. It goes beyond just job connections, offering valuable resources for those interested in self-employment and entrepreneurship. Job seekers can equally benefit from up-to-date information on job openings and training programs. Additionally, the platform facilitates connections with employment service providers for services like career counseling, profiling, and job matching. One of the key advantages is the easy access to comprehensive labour market information, including relevant laws and regulations. This platform was launched and demonstrated at the event and attendees were shown how to navigate both the web portal and mobile application. 

With 3500 jobseekers already registered in the system, the ownership of MoSD is envisioned to expand its reach further in the Koshi Province.

To learn more about Shramsansar, watch a video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iOeL0Bumh9c

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Nepal
Labour market insertion, Migration
Step Up – Improving labour market access for unemployed
Nepal faces enormous employment challenges that are exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic. Difficulties to find gainful employment for the unemployed include lack of information on jobs and business opportunities, appropriate skills and access to networks and support services such as career guidance or counselling. In addition, business support services that provide entrepreneurs with services to start, sustain and improve their businesses are weak or even missing. The project aims to address these deficiencies in the current employment ecosystem and contribute to the Government of Nepal’s efforts to increase job creation and the employability of its labour force.