OAN urged to enhance skills of workers it contracts

Kathmandu, January 4

The government has urged the firms providing worker outsourcing services to contribute in skill enhancement of the job-seekers after recruiting them.

Secretary at the Ministry of Labour and Employment (MoLE), Laxman Prasad Mainali, asked the Outsourcing Association Nepal (OAN) to train the workers recruited by them before deploying them to various offices.

The OAN can join hands with vocational skill and training providers of the government like Council for Technical Education and Vocational Training (CTEVT) and other training providers of the government and private sector as well, Mainali said.

“This will enhance the skills of the workforce that enters the job market and help achieve the objective of outsourcing - bringing efficiency and raising productivity,” he mentioned.

Speaking during an interaction programme following inauguration of the OAN by Labour and Employment Minister Farmullah Mansoor here today, Secretary Mainali said that the Labour Act, 2017 has recognised the role and importance of outsourcing service providing companies.

Secretary Mainali also stressed that the worker outsourcing service providers should abide by minimum social protection rules and law on minimum wages.

In the programme, Kewal Prasad Bhandari, joint secretary at the Ministry of Finance, said that the Social Security Act has envisioned protection of workers supplied by the worker outsourcing service providing companies, who normally work in non-core areas of the companies like security, cleaning, gardening, driving, call centres, among others.

The act has also addressed the social protection of the inexperienced labourers in the construction sector. Bhandari also highlighted that the outsourcing of staff in low-skilled jobs in the government sector has reduced the pension and other social protection liability of the government.

Chandra Prasad Dhakal, vice president of the Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Industry, (FNCCI) said that the Labour Act, 2017 is the best output of the tripartite agreement among employers, trade unions and the government and execution of the law will benefit both employers and employees.

Rameshwore Shah, president of Outsourcing Association Nepal, informed that currently around 2,500 companies are providing worker outsourcing services to various organisations, individual houses, corporates and government. Currently, 250,000 people are employed by the outsourcing service providing companies in the country.