Work on improving YAMAT 08 initiated
SECiM project contracted International Expert Ms. Ilze Zvidrina and local expert Mr. Jargalsaikhan to provide support and advice for creating procedures and drafts of documents for regular work (updating, applying, using, communication, advocacy) with National Standard Classification of Occupations (NSCO or YAMAT- 08) and conduct introductory training/seminar on elaborated materials and sup-port activities for improving accessibility of YAMAT-08 to users.
Experts had a meeting with representatives respon-sible for the National Classification of Occupations from the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection (MoLSP) and other ministries, provided information on and shared best practices about work with Inter-national Standard Classification of Occupations and consulted about options for regular review of YAMAT-08.
Seminar on “Utilization and updating procedures of National Classification of Occupations” was orga-nized on 04th of July 2018 and had two parts – a presentation by the JNKE and SNKE. The presenta-tions were followed by active discussions about the application of the YAMAT and the link between the labour market and the education sector - occupa-tional standards, levels of professional qualification and levels of national qualification frameowrk.
Given the rapidly changing labour market it might be important to keep a more policy-oriented rather than just a statistical approach towards the YAMAT hence continuing to leave the responsibility with the MoLSP. The YAMAT has a role in wage policies al-ready, and its use could be further strengthened, for example when setting up labour market forecasting systems. However there needs to be more active involvement of employers and MONEF is a key actor in achieving this. Employers shall indicate in labour contract profession, specialty of the employee in conformity with YAMAT. Furthermore, a more up to date YAMAT could support the creation of needed occupational standards. Updating procedures are key for keeping the YAMAT more relevant to labour market participants and supporting it’s broader and better use.
There are possibilities to draw on experience from other countries in this regard; one crucial aspect regarding this is to set a list of information to be submitted along with the proposal for amendment to those carrying out the assessment. The YAMAT could be updated for example once per year. It is essential to ensure that the YAMAT can be easily accessed and that there are consultation and guid-ance opportunities offered to use it.