Wednesday, January 26

Work wants companies to communicate their vacancies to SEPE to create a great job portal

Leave the SEPE behind and walk towards the new “State Employment Agency”. The Government has given the green light this Friday to the Draft Employment Law, which aims to follow this path of modernization of public employment services to improve their effectiveness. For this, one of the measures that is intended to regulate is the obligation of companies to inform the future public agency of all their job vacancies, explain sources from the Ministry of Labor, in order to really know the state of the market work and get closer to job placement opportunities.

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“Public employment services are no longer intended only for the unemployed and are intended for society as a whole. Companies will be part of the system,” stressed the Vice President and Minister of Labor, Yolanda Díaz, after the Council of Ministers . The idea of ​​Work is to guarantee the labor insertion of unemployed people, but that public services are also a useful instrument for companies and people with jobs who want to change jobs or re-qualify their skills for their professional future, Díaz has indicated.

Another key element, the vice president pointed out, will go through transparency and the evaluation of policies, with an annual audit that will be able to identify successful initiatives and those that fail or have problems in order to correct them.

A great portal with all job offers

The future law and the new State Employment Agency have the goal of making public services more effective in the labor insertion of people who are unemployed or who want to change to a new one. One of the maxims of the Executive is that the new agency offers a real reflection of job opportunities to citizens, with a “great information portal” with all the existing vacancies, whether they are public or private offers.

To do this, it is intended to regulate by regulation the obligation of companies to communicate all their vacancies to the future SEPE. “Companies and any administration will have to communicate the job offers that are available so that, from a simple visualization, we can know what offers are being promoted in real time throughout the country,” he said. Yolanda Diaz.

The communication of vacancies is not intended to force companies to recruit their staff through the public employment service, they specify in the Ministry of Labor, but that the information of these free positions is kept by the citizen to be able to address them and the Administration itself to design its training and orientation policies.

For example, if the Employment Agency detects a multitude of job vacancies in a certain occupation, even though the companies are hiring through their own teams or private placement companies, the future SEPE may redirect job seekers to these vacancies or detect training needs for courses that offer more employment opportunities.

Digitization, artificial intelligence and more personal

Other challenges for the future agency are to solve SEPE problems. Some are well known on the street, by the citizens who use the service, such as their old computer system and their digitization problems. Work sources explain that one of the priority steps in the renewal of the SEPE will be the modernization of its computer system, for which “150 million” euros of European funds will be allocated. “In the coming weeks”, they point out, it is intended to tender a tender for the concession of this technological renewal.

The modernization of its computer and technological systems will also pay special attention to the massive crossing of data and the use of artificial intelligence to guide public services in the offers that they transfer to citizens and in the training that they offer them. The objective is that the personnel make available to the citizens options that “are working”, they indicate in Work. Courses with more professional opportunities, direct people to sectors that are creating more jobs, see the itineraries with the most placements, etc.

Regarding the risks of bias and possible discrimination in the use of algorithms, the Ministry of Labor assures that “transparency” will be a pillar of the new agency and active employment policies. Given the problems registered with some algorithms that discriminate by sex, race or origin of citizens, they recognize in the Ministry, the idea of ​​Work is “to profile services more than people”.

The increase in SEPE staff is another continuous complaint from the agency’s staff, but also from citizens who are unable to contact anyone on the other side of their phone lines or barely get face-to-face appointments. The Ministry of Labor maintains that next year there is a “very important commitment to incorporation”, although it has not yet specified the figures in this regard.

Tutors and “guaranteed services”

Sufficient and trained personnel is key to one of the commitments of the draft bill for citizenship: the promise – so often launched and never materialized – of a more personalized attention to job seekers, with itineraries focused on their needs and guidance to help them find a job.

Again, the Executive reiterates that it will meet a large number of tutors and tutors to allow monitoring of job seekers. Not all of them, they recognize in Work, but they have committed to the EU a network of some 7,000 counselors who guide around a million people.

The Coalition Government insists that this time there is the determination and a great deal of funding (thanks to Europe) to make these recurring promises a reality. Move from rhetoric to concrete commitments, for which it has designed a “common portfolio of guaranteed services” for citizens. This involves a list of “eleven rights” that public services must offer to the population, among which are at least one “adequate job offer” per year to avoid chronifying a situation from unemployment to long-term unemployment (more than twelve months). In any case, it is intended to acquire the commitment of proportional some offer before six months and, if it is not done, that the future SEPE must argue the cause.

New initiatives are also being considered, such as offering business viability plans to people who launch into self-employment with the creation of a business to avoid the failure of many “entrepreneurship” projects in the past.

The Council of Ministers today has only taken the first step so that the future Employment Law reaches the BOE. Now it must negotiate with social agents, administrations, return to the Council of Ministers and finally get the necessary parliamentary support. But the Government has already started the machinery with the approval of the Draft Law before the end of the year, as had committed Brussels within the Recovery Plan. The legislation is due to enter into force at the end of 2022 and its rollout is expected in 2023. The complete change of the model is likely to come from 2024.