The Virgin Islands will soon receive a Labour Market Information System, a software package designed to help leaders use data to assess the local and regional labour market and workforce, government announced Monday.


Such systems are helpful for human resources planning in public education, labour ministries, worker groups, and social security organisations, according to the International Labour Organisation.

Two consultants are visiting the territory to help train labour officials on the use of the system: Stephan Paul, an IT assistant in the Information Technology Unit at the OECS Commission; and Cherry-Ann Williams, an employment officer at the St. Vincent Labour Department.

The two arrived Sunday, and they are scheduled to conduct training on the new LMIS all week, according to government.

Labour Commissioner Janice Rymer said in a press release that the new system will help the VI with planning and analysis.

“The LMIS uses statistical indictors as well as news stories or more formal analysis reports to inform stakeholders regarding progress in providing quality work for all, improving productivity, and developing our economy with equity,” she said.

She added that the system integrates information from various sources and institutions.

“Harnessing all this information together is often a challenge in itself,” Ms. Rymer said, adding, “Therefore, the collaborative effort of the agencies that produce, own and disseminate LMI is essential to put more and better LMI in the hand of Virgin Islanders.”