More than 2 000 employees retrenched this year

• By Michael Uugwanga

THE Ministry of Labour says 2 573 people from 114 firms were laid off between 1 January and 31 May 2023.

The ministry highlighted that it does not have the overall employment creation date but does have information on jobseekers placed for employment as provided in the Employment Services Act 2011 (Act 8 of 2011).

In light of this, the Namibia Integrated Employment Information System (NIEIS), which was formed in accordance with the Employment Services Act and allows for the registration and placement of jobseekers, became fully operational in 2013.

According to NIEIS, between 2013 and 2014, around 10 664 jobseekers were placed in various employment businesses.

“From January 2023 to May 2023, the labour commissioner received notifications of layoffs from 114 employers, affecting 2 573 employees. The primary causes for retrenchment were mostly economic.

“All approved employers are also required by the Employment Services Act to report vacancies to the Ministry of Labour to hire from the NIEIS. Between 2005 and 2023, the ministry received 15 559 vacancy notifications from various recognised employers,” stated Lydia Indombo, the ministry’s interim executive director.

Indombo further stated that the agriculture and fishing industries were the top employers from 2015 to 2023.

The Namibian Police Force (NamPol) and the Namibian Correctional Service (NCS) were recently recruiting, while the Namibian Defence Force (NDF) has started with their recruitment exercise.

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