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Changing labour market needs updated data, ILO says

Publication Date : 24-06-2014


Rapid changes in the labour market demands regular and current updates in terms of statistics in order to form proper employment policies, said an official from the International Labour Organisation.

“In terms of labour market data, it is very dynamic, it changes every quarter, it changes every month even,” said Tite Habiyakare, senior regional advisor in labour statistics for the ILO Regional Office for Asia-Pacific.

“Many countries in Asean, they are producing quarterly indicators because every quarter employment issues changes and you need to see those changes if you want to do the employment policies properly,” he said.

“That’s why they have to be updated on a regular basis,” he added.

The latest data on the Brunei labour market is based on information from a household expenditure survey conducted in 2011.

Brunei, through the economic planning and development department, is working with the ILO to review administrative sources of data and produce an annual labour force survey. The first of these surveys is scheduled to take place within this year.

Habiyakare hailed Brunei’s commitment to produce annual indicators in its labour market information system.

”International standards ask for annual basis, so if it (data collection) is done on an annual basis, (then that) is enough,” he said.

He said data collection is a demanding process and Brunei will need to improve its data production capacity.

“It’s not just the knowledge, but you also need teams to do surveys, which is the main source of data. You need a team to organise this on an annual basis, then you need a team for data processing and then you need a team that prepares reports and analyse the data,” he said.

Based on his conversation with Brunei officials, Habiyakare said local statisticians and researchers still need further training. He said they may be sent abroad to learn more about collecting and analysing labour statistics from ILO.

In his remarks during the initial national training workshop on labour market information and labour market data sources, Habiyakare noted that Brunei is looking to implement its first comprehensive labour force survey for 2014 to be in line with the most recent international standards from the 19th International Conference of Labour Statisticians (ICLS) held October 2013.

The 19th ICLS adopted a new resolution concerning the statistics of work, employment and labour underutilisation. The objective is to measure all forms of work - both paid and unpaid.

“The resolution provides a more refined measure of employment as work performed for pay or profit,” he said.


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