Background

The CHRIS website is one of the outputs of Project FIJ/99/001 which was formulated in 1997 by the Government in liaison with the UNDP and the ILO aimed at “upgrading and strengthening the coordinating, planning and monitoring machinery of the Government to promote Human Resources planning.” The two other programmes include the Integrated Human Resource Development Programme (IHRDP); and the National Strategic Human Resources Plan (NSHRP).

 

Fiji like other Pacific Island countries lack labour market information. The CHRIS website was designed to address the dearth of data on labour market. Labour markets and employment prospects vary across and employment data are generally incomplete, outdated or of poor quality. Countries such as Fiji which cannot sustain annual or more frequent surveys could establish databases such as this, as it helps to generate labour statistics from agencies such as employers’ organizations, tertiary training providers, Fiji Islands Bureau of Statistics and the Ministry of Labour, Industrial Relations, and Employment.

 

The objective of the website is to provide Human Resource Information (HRI) to Government, NGOs, investors, employers, job seekers, training providers and students for making their labour market decisions. It also assists in the designing and implementation of policies and action programmes in the development and utilization of human resources in Fiji.

 

The website (www.fijichris.gov.fj) was designed and completed in February 2001. Updating of the website is done annually since 2002 and it involves seeking information from the 28 producers and updating it on their respective web pages.

 

Status of the Chris Website

 

In 2006, the Ministry of National Planning embarked on Phase II of the CHRIS which included the expansion and upgrading of the initial website. The addition of the Job Matching System into the website allows job seekers and employers to put their interests online. The implementation of Phase II of the CHRIS was recommended by the Bartsch & Clydesdale Proposal in 1997.

 

To populate the JMS component of CHRIS, Public Service Commission as well as Fiji Daily Post and Fiji Sun and other employers have also agreed to assist in terms of sharing vacancies online.

 

The four components of the website include Directory of Information Sources, Statistical Abstract Collection, Database Collection and Reports Collection. They contain information on Labour Supply, Labour Demand, and Labour Market Operation.

Information Sources Page Brief

It is a series of web pages with a common format based on responses by producers of data to a questionnaire designed to elicit all essential information about their particular data collections.

Statistics Page Brief Introduction

 

This contains explanatory notes and tables on Labour Supply (population, education, scholarships); Labour Demand (employment, number of jobs created in the IHRDPEP sub-programme); and Labour Market Operation (labour market outcome of graduates).

 

Reports Page Brief Introduction

 

A list of books, reports, publications, and essays on Labour Supply, Labour Demand and Labour Market Operation in alphabetical order of the author’s surnames and indicating where the material could be accessed.

Database Page Brief Introduction

 

This contains selected data from the producers' databases on Labour Supply (graduates of tertiary institutions); Labour Demand (numbers employed in the Civil Service, Total formal sector employments); and Labour Market Operation (Labour market outcome of graduates).

Some useful data/information that is currently available on the website includes: the enrolment figures of Tertiary Institutions such as USP, FCAE, TPAF, LTC, FCA, CCTC, FIT, FSM, FSN for 1995 to 2007 (Labour Supply).

  1. Graduates of Tertiary Institutions as per (i) above.
  2. Quarterly number of new contributing members of FNPF and the number of contributing members withdrawing from FNPF.
  3. Student enrolment figures from class 1- form 7 and the number of scholarship awarded to students either locally or overseas.
  4. The number of people employed in Public Service with the levels of wages/salary scale.

Effectiveness of the Chris Website

 

One of the objectives of the CHRIS is to assist the job seekers and employers. This is facilitated through the Job Matching System (JMS) where the job seekers find the potential employers, their contact information and the type of employment they offer. Employee details (student CV’s) are stored in a database for employers to know the specific skills needed to get their job done effectively. Similarly the website allows the employers to post their requirements online for job seekers to view.

 

The Fiji CHRIS website is also well renowned in other countries like Africa, Asia, Europe, America, United States and Canada. The number of people visiting the website in terms of unique visitors, browsers, geographics, server responses and paths is on an average of about 1,500 per month.

 

Some of the most frequent information requested through the CHRIS website includes job placement, job attachment, tertiary institution programs, job recruitments, scholarships, and migration and consultancy programs.

 

Most frequent posted vacancies include sales, managerial, account executive, clerk, IT Officer and administrative positions. Information such as these helps training providers and Ministry of National Planning in terms of future training needs.

 

The Importance for Labour Market Data and Statistics

 

In general the wide variety of users of Labour Market Information, including individual employers, employers' organizations, trade unions, Government planners, training institutions and academics benefit from the information provided by the Chris Website.

 

Constraints and Challenges in Maintaining the Website

 

The following are major constraints/challenges:

  1. absence of data/information e.g. Labour Market Outcome for graduates in tertiary institutions;
  2. the absence of computerized data with producers;
  3. employers not using the content management system of the Fiji Chris website;
  4. the delay in submission of data/information by the producers

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