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The OECS Pilot Enterprise Survey will be conducted in St. Vincent and the Grenadines this month.

The pilot project is jointly funded by the OECS Secretariat under the 10th EDF for Economic Integration and Trade of the OECS Region Project and the ILO Decent Work Team and Caribbean Office.

The project, which is administered jointly by the Department of Labour and the Central Statistical Office, is a survey of business enterprises and is referred to specifically as the Job Openings and Labour Turnover Survey (JOLTS). It is expected to cover all nonagricultural industries in the public and private sectors throughout St. Vincent and the Grenadines and includes retailers, manufacturers, hotels, and other service providers among other establishments.

This survey was developed to address the need for reliable and timely data on total employment, job vacancies, hires, quits, layoffs, and other separations. Through this survey and other labour market information-gathering initiatives the Department of Labour is attempting to fill the information gap that presently exists in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

The survey would specifically seek to address questions and trends related to the operation and the performance of the St. Vincent and the Grenadines labour market.

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These questions include:

  • Which industries are growing and those that are being challenged?
  • What types of training and education do employers require of prospective employees?
  • What jobs are employers having difficulty filling?
  • What are the highest paying occupations?
  • What occupations are projected to grow the fastest?

The findings of the JOLT Survey are expected to benefit a wide range of people including job seekers, employers, and national policy-makers.