Gambia Bureau of Statistics (GBoS) and the Ministry of Trade, Thursday
validated the Gambia Labour Force Survey (GLFS) at Paradise Suites hotel in
Funded by UNDP, the document aimed to provide a benchmark data on some characteristics of the labour market after the first comprehensive labour force survey in 2012.
According to GBoS, the broad objective of the 2018 GLFS is to obtain comprehensive data on the status of the labour market prevailing in The Gambia. The specific objectives of the survey include obtaining information on Labour Force Participation Rates (LFPR), employment to population ratios, employed and unemployed population, hours to work, employment in the informal economy, outside the labour force rates, education attainment and illiteracy, income from employment and number of child labourers.
Nyakassi Sanyang, head of GBoS said the 2012 labour force survey was the first national survey conducted in The Gambia which was comprehensive and followed the ILO guidelines. “The 2018 labour force survey is the most recent study and is more comprehensive in terms of coverage and more content than that of 2012.”
He said the surveys target to collect labour market information under socio-economic data prepared for policy formulation and decision making processes, adding that the 2018 labour force findings will enhance evaluation and monitoring of the National Development Plan , the SDG’s and other development agenda.
Mr. Sanyang pointed out that participants will emerge with genuine and tangible recommendations for the improvement of the report and take ownership of it.
Deputy Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Trade Lamin Dampha said the highly important survey provides government, NGO’s, private sector and other stakeholders with labour information, unemployment, employment and other indicators that could be used for basis decision making.
He said knowing the performance of the labour market is a key information in making decision for development plan, saying, “we wish we could have enough resources to conduct this survey every two years because the biggest challenge we have today is the issue of employment, unemployment and underemployment in our economy.”
He stressed that there should be much concern about the labour market indicators as they provide very useful information in economic decision making.