January 22.2019, Washington: Stefan Winzenried, CEO of JANZZ.technology, presented on January 22, 2019 for the Labor Global Solutions Group at the World Bank in Washington the comprehensive features and the huge potential of powerful matching systems for different labor markets today and after the digital transformation.
Paraguay’s job seekers can now find their job in a completely new way. The Minister of Labor, Carla Bacigalupo, and the President of the Republic, Mario Abdo Benítez, launched Paraguay’s new official job platform, “ParaEmpleo”, in Asunción this Thursday. Stefan Winzenried, CEO and founder of JANZZ.technology, and Diego Rico, vice president and project manager LATAM, travelled all the way from Switzerland to participate in the official launch event for the platform developed by their company.
On the platform jobseekers are easily matched to the best job in terms of their skills, experience, industries, etc., depending on relevant matching algorithms and a knowledge graph with deep knowledge of occupation data. In this way, placement in the labor market becomes much more efficient.
The Minister of Labor, Carla Bacigalupo, stated that it will be an important challenge to educate people on using the tool across the whole country, also reaching the young people in the rural areas. In addition, she explained the meaning with the tool: “With this, we intend to achieve the major objective that we propose in all the politics that we have planned: to improve the living conditions of Paraguayan citizens and our workers”.
As part of the event, the President of the Republic, Mario Abdo Benítez, also officially formed a country team to reduce the figures of labor informality, which is around 65% in total. 7 out of 10 women, 9 out of 10 young people and 7 out of 10 older adults work informally. The central aim of the team will be to develop formalization guidelines that provide practical solutions and progress in the transition to formality. Also, the platform might already be a first step on the way.
The platform project is carried out within the framework of the Programa de Apoyo a la Inserción Laboral (PAIL) financed by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) under a loan agreement with the Republic of Paraguay. It will be a role model for other South American countries for which the IDB may finance similar projects.
The two-day conference in Washington, resulted in many interesting discussions on the future of work. The conference held on the 27th and 28th of November 2018 presented many different opportunities in how to use modern technologies in environment of labor markets, such as Blockchain, artificial intelligence and machine learning. The event, organized by the Inter-American Development Bank and the MIT media lab, was attended by high-ranking specialists from private companies, public organizations and universities from all over the world. Stefan Winzenried, CEO and founder, and Diego Rico, Vice President and Project Manager LATAM, were pleased to represent JANZZ.technology at the conference.
The goal of the partial event on the topic “Artificial Intelligence and Matching algorithms for employment switching” was to introduce different systems of the intelligent matchings with AI between job seekers and job offers. Cristina Pombo, Senior Consultant in the Social Sector Department of the IDB, moderated the event, in which Stefan Winzenried, in addition to a representative of WCC, answered questions from the plenum and explained suggestions about the practical implementation, as well as the challenges and possibilities of semantic, transparent and largely non-discriminatory matching. In particular, it was made clear how potential prejudices and/or unequal treatment in technological recruiting can be prevented at an early stage and which are the most important opportunities that such technologies open up for the future.
Diego Rico presented the new tools that are available for labor market analysis using the JANZZ white label platform for Paraguay, «ParaEmpleo». The aim of the event was to show advanced, meaningful and easy-to-use ways to better inform stakeholders in the labor market.
The JANZZ team focused in wrapping up the tech and research talks into practical uses cases from the current project in Paraguay. The discussion focused on the different strategies, policies and insights that could be retrieved in the LATAM region in a structured and rich form. The participation of the team ended with a meaningful analysis about the past and present challenges within the project, as well as the feasibility to reproduce it in different LATAM countries.
This morning, the Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Security (Ministerio de Trabajo, Empleo y Seguridad Social (MTESS)) developed in the auditorium of the National Service for Professional Promotion (Servicio Nacional de Promoción Profesional SNPP), the Seminar of Platforms for Insertion Programs, led by Diego Rico, coordinator of the technological platform JANZZ.Jobs, which will be soon implemented by MTESS and whose function is to bring people, companies and jobs together with skills, competencies and experience which exactly meet the employment requirements.
The Minister of Labour, Carla Bacigalupo, was in charge of the seminar’s opening, which was attended by directors of MTESS, SNPP and Sinafocal, as well as instructors from the training entity.
The Minister expressed about it: “we are inaugurating a process of educational transformation in Paraguay and MTESS through SNPP and Sinafocal are part of it. Our goal is educational quality.
This process of educational transformation supposes great challenges. We would like to start with three very important systems that we want to introduce in all our training centers: a quality management system, a system of orientation courses according to the employment demand of each department and a real employment intermediation system that links our graduates with a job opportunity, not only in a dependency relationship, we would also like to promote entrepreneurship.
All of this is going to require operative changes, but it is a necessary big step in order to provide opportunities to our young people. Aiming for better educational quality may mean, that we will have a lower number of graduates per year, but on the other hand, we will be able to measure the performance of our instructors, by the quality of our graduates, by how many are working and by the number of entrepreneurs. That is the change we are promoting here and we would like to invite you all, to be part of it”
The Minister Bacigalupo mentioned that the JANZZ System will be officially launched by the MTESS before the end of the year and this will take place with the presence of the President Mario Abdo Benitez. “This tool will connect graduates with effective job opportunities. We want to create new opportunities in each department. We have foreign investment, a lot of work in the road construction is coming, that is why we want to instruct skilled workers in each part of the country. In this way is not necessary for people to leave their families, in order to get a job in a distant place”.
The coordinator of the platform, Diego Rico emphasized that this tool is currently used in the most developed countries. In a short period, a similar tool will be launched in Norway. This will be the first time in Latin America, in our country, through the management of MTESS. Mr. Rico made a presentation about the features of the technology and then provided training to SNPP instructors.
The Artificial Intelligence software developed by JANZZ, was presented this Wednesday and will respond to the current labor demand, shortening the time to obtain a position in a company.
The conclusions reached by JANZZ.technology highlight the acceleration of the times when citizens can get a job within six working days. The calculations were developed on the basis of 1,000, 2,000 and 3,000 curricula.
The technological and consulting company is dedicated to the semantic matching of skills and employment, to the creation of solutions and applications for the use of complex occupational data, as well as to the development and commercialization of economically sustainable projects.
The Swiss company, founded in 2008, has been run from the outset by experienced and qualified investors and personalities from the ICT, HR, jurisprudence, marketing and business development sectors.
Article in the ADN Paraguayo from 18/9/6: http://www.adndigital.com.py/presentan-software-hara-mas-facil-encontrar-trabajo-adecuado/
…Increases opportunities for good employment, especially for the most vulnerable sectors, using the most advanced technology in the region. In the vast world of technology applied to job search, Paraguay stands out because it will soon be launching a program based on Artificial Intelligence, capable of matching profiles of job seekers with companies that are requiring them.
Different to other programs, however, “JANZZon!” is a software that learns more about the jobs and skills required, the more information it receives.
Effective, efficient and equipped with all security requirements, “JANZZon!” is the powerful tool that Paraguay’s public employment services will use to facilitate job searches. With it, the Minister of Labor, Employment and Social Security Carla Bacigalupo pointed out: “Job seekers especially those from the most vulnerable areas and sectors, as well as companies and all actors in the labor market will benefit from it”, in the framework of the Strategic Dialogue on the Pillars of Development of Paraguay organized by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).
Minister Bacigalupo also insisted on the need to align job training more precisely with the demands of companies. She said: “To accomplish this, we will strengthen the capacity to control and supervise the quality of the courses”.
She also said that modern methods such as the MOPADUAL (Paraguayan Model of Dual Learning) will be strengthened, offering employers incentives, even legal if necessary, so that more companies actively participate in the development of these strategies.
Furthermore, she highlighted the first steps towards the coordination of education and training policies with the projects of the Ministry of Industry and Commerce and the development of infrastructure promoted by the Ministry of Public Works and Communications.
Press release from Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Security of Paraguay: http://www.mtess.gov.py/index.php/noticias/tecnologia-de-facil-uso-para-favorecer-el-acceso-al-empleo
JANZZ.technology has landed a contract for the first digital public employment platform in South America with Paraguay.
The InterAmerican Development Bank (IBD), collaborating with the local government, is bringing its recruitment process in Paraguay into the Digital Age with the help of JANZZ.technology.
According to the minister of labor, Mr. Guillermo Sosa, this software will bring transparency and efficiency to the recruitment processes, in which a job seeker can now drop his paper CV and instead access the system to create a digital profile. This means there won’t be any more vague or incorrect matching to their job searches.
The platform, called ParaEmpleo.gov.com.py, helps candidates and companies to enrich their professional profiles and job descriptions for all players in the labor market. Private companies, job aggregators, self-service users and non-digital users, all together will profit from the software and matching engine that creates relevant job matches amongst different occupations despite the use of business jargon, acronyms, etc.
JANZZ.technology is currently fine tuning the final adaptations for the Paraguayan labor market to deploy the first draft of the platform and run the first test at the end of the month.
Mr Sosa remarked that the result from this process will be:
In the first place, provide relevant employment opportunities that can fulfill both the employer’s and the candidate’s expectations. Secondly, it will help both parties to understand the existing gaps, promoting better education adjustments on the government side and help land the employer’s expectations about the current reality of the labor market.
Here you can listen to the whole interview in Spanish:
The Ministry of Labor of the Republic of Paraguay has selected the JANZZ.technology platform ParaEmpleo.gov.com.py financed by the Inter-American Development Bank to improve labor intermediation in Paraguay, using state of the art matching technology based on the best occupational ontology available in the world.
The Ministry of Labor, Employment and Social Security (MTESS) of the Republic of Paraguay and JANZZ.technology, headquartered in Switzerland, signed the collaboration agreement concerning the Paraguayan labor market. Thanks to this arrangement, the Swiss company started its first project in Latin America. As a result, JANZZ.technology will install its platform called ParaEmpleo.gov.com.py to improve the placement of young jobseekers. Economy Master Guillermo Sosa, Minister of Labor, and Diego Rico, vice-president of customer integration and Deputy CEO of JANZZ.technology, met to finalize details of the project and review the various advantages of this innovative technology, which in addition to Paraguay serves more than 150,000 applicants and employers in 40 different languages in five countries. The platform breaks the scheme of intermediation by keywords, incorporating taxonomies, an ontology approach and semantics, coupled with the best technologies. This allows that job seekers and employers can be matched in multiple dimensions including soft skills, training, experience, availability and geo-location. The platform has more than 100,000 man-hours of development and brings its new version to Paraguay.
Through this new ParaEmpleo.gov.com.py web platform, MTESS wants to offer the most advanced technology for job matching. To date more than 25,000 applicants have registered in the PARAGUAY database. Once the service is completed, these young people will be able to access jobs according to their competences and abilities. This agreement is made within the framework of the “Program to Support Labor Insertion” (PR-L1066), financed by the Inter-American Development Bank, under a loan agreement with the Republic of Paraguay.
JANZZ.technology is the best partner for MTESS as it has years of work experience that have allowed it to accumulate extensive experience in the field of occupational data with effective solutions in Spanish and for its comprehensive and multilingual offer of standard classifications. The company is very excited about the opportunity to participate in strengthening the labor market in Paraguay and hopes to collaborate with MTESS.
The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)
The Inter-American Development Bank is one of the main sources of long-term financing for economic, social and institutional projects in Latin America and the Caribbean. In addition to loans, grants and credit guarantees, the IDB carries out cutting-edge research projects to provide innovative and sustainable solutions to the most urgent problems in these regions. Created in 1959 to help accelerate progress in its developing member countries, the IDB works every day to improve lives.
The Ministry of Labor, Employment and Social Security (MTESS)
The functions of the Ministry of Labor, Employment and Social Security of Paraguay are to determine labor, employment and social security policies, as well as to improve working conditions and respect for workers’ fundamental rights within a democratic framework, and to monitor social dialogue. Master Guillermo Sosa has held the post of Minister of Labor, Employment and Social Security since April 2014, previously serving as head of the Ministry’s Office.
JANZZ.technology is a technology and consulting company dedicated to the semantic matching of skills and employment, and the use of complex data on skills and employment. It offers white-label products and SaaS solutions for modelling, analyzing and using big data in job portals, public organizations such as public employment services and company job boards. JANZZ.technology’s products enable precise multilingual matching of qualifications, skills and competences thanks to the latest semantic technologies. In this way, matching problems in the labor markets are significantly reduced and big data is transformed into smart data.
The Norwegian Labour and Welfare Administration (NAV) has selected the Swiss technology company JANZZ in a public tender process to deliver components for its new labour market platform. JANZZ has won the bidding process against international competition and will support NAV with its expertise in occupation and skills related data.
NAV is adapting its self-service platform as part of its agenda to improve the transition of jobseekers into employment. NAV aims to offer a transparent service for all labour market operators and participants in which all users can utilize the services on the same terms. It is developing a flexible tool that makes the Norwegian labour market more transparent and facilitates faster transition to employment for all jobseekers.
The new platform will be a source of knowledge about Norway’s labour market. The collection, enhancement and analysis of data and information about jobs and skills will be a central part of the future platform. By incorporating data and analytics into its core strategic vision, NAV aims to create a sustainable and dynamic knowledge cycle that will benefit the well-functioning of the labour market.
With its ontology-based job matching technology, JANZZ offers the ideal tool for NAV to build an innovative and sustainable new platform. JANZZ’s ontology of occupation and skills related data is a comprehensive semantic database of job titles, competences and educations. It understands the nuances of CVs and vacancies and can help translate between them. Together with its powerful semantic job matching engine, it will help NAV deliver more relevant and transparent job search results and recommendations and gain more accurate insights into the labour market.
The Norwegian Labour and Welfare Administration (NAV) has approximately 19 000 employees (about 14 000 state employees and 5000 municipal employees).
NAV was established on 1 July 2006. The local authorities and central government cooperate to find good solutions for social and welfare and employment services for users through 456 NAV offices in municipalities in all of Norways’ 19 counties.
NAV is responsible for a third of the state budget of Norway, administering various benefit and employment schemes (i.e. unemployment benefit, work assessment allowance, sickness benefit, child benefit, cash-for-care benefit and pensions).
Main objectives relative to the labour market:
- More people active and in work, fewer people on benefits
- A well-functioning labour market with a high level of labour force participation
- An inclusive society that ensures everyone the opportunity to participate
- Comprehensive and efficient labour and welfare administration
Secondary objectives (working objectives) in relation to the labour market:
- Inclusive workplaces
- Businesses and agencies can fill job openings with qualified employees
- Give individuals with an impairment or reduced functionality the opportunity to participate actively in working life
- Services and information tailored to the users’ needs and circumstances
More information about NAV is available at www.nav.no
JANZZ.technology is a technology and consulting company active in the field of semantic skills and job matching, and in the use of complex occupation and skills data. It offers standard and white-label products and SaaS solutions for the modelling, analysis and use of big data on job portals, by public employment services, and on companies’ own job sites. Using the latest semantic technologies to precisely match qualifications and hard and soft skills across different languages, it considerably alleviates the matching problems associated with asymmetric search mechanisms in job markets.
More information about JANZZ.technology is available at www.janzz.technology
2015 was an exciting and busy year for us, with projects in Europe, South East Asia and the Middle East. The complexity due to the many different languages, cultures and labor markets demanded a lot from our database maintenance team. Therefore, we are all the more proud, to have successfully mastered these projects and to have gained so much knowhow on occupation data. Our team and our central asset, our ontology JANZZon!, have learnt so much.
- We have integrated a major part of the Indian occupational classification NCO-2004. That includes not only occupations in English but also in Hindi.
- The entry of JSOC 2011 (Japan) and NOC 2011 (Canada) is soon completed
- We are collecting over 14’000 jobs in Dutch, from the national Dutch classification BO&C. We are also enhancing this data with information from real life job postings.
As the search for the perfect matching talent or job on LinkedIn becomes more and more important, the significance of the skills you display on your LinkedIn profile increases. The network even advertises that members who register their skills will get four times more profile views. The skills users include on their profile also offer an opportunity to personalize job suggestions, adverts and search results more accurately. On the other hand, companies can search for job candidates according to their job title or skills.
Our ontology already included about 70% of all global LinkedIn skills. In order to achieve our goal “to master occupation data”, we have started to teach our ontology also the remaining 30% of these skills. For we are serious about really knowing all the skills in the world (The same is obviously also true for jobs).
Why is it so important, to include all these classifications and skills in our ontology? Why does it, for instance, not suffice that LinkedIn knows all the skills its users register? Our ontology not only registers these terms but it also interlinks them logically. In case of the LinkedIn skills, JANZZ provides significant added value through the interlinking of different languages, which makes LinkedIn’s skills comparable on a global basis. Hence, our ontology JANZZon! offers essential context and intelligent evaluation options for applications such as information systems, matching engines, job portals, CV parsers, statistical analysis and modelling tools and much more. The ontology becomes the means to utilize an enormous amount of data intelligently. Big data becomes smart data.
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