Head Hunt

JobsNet, the national employment sourcing body, says it has 48,000 jobs and 83,000 job seekers, but brokering marriages between the two is easier said than done. JobsNet, the national employment sourcing body, says it has 48,000 jobs and 83,000 job seekers, but brokering marriages between the two is easier said than done. “We have 15,000 vacancies in the garment sector and around 10,000 in marketing and sales and over 2,000 vacancies at any given time in technician categories,” says Priyantha Fernando, project director, JobsNet at a meeting with local companies on Thursday.

Out of the 48,108 vacancies in its database, JobsNet has managed to fit in around 3,000 people into private sector slots over one and a half year – and this from among 83,495 employment seekers.

JobsNet is Sri Lanka’s second attempt at sorting out the mismatch in demand and supply in the local labour market, but like the previous attempt in 1996, has run into the same invisible barriers.

This is because employment brokering in Sri Lanka is as delicate a matter as marriage brokering since very often the deciding factor is social standing and nothing else.

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