Government goes online to recruit public service workers
December 15—Starting next year, the government will be recruiting its staff electronically after the launch of an e-recruitment web platform by the Public Services Commission (PSC).
Relevant applicants can access the system by visiting htt/vacancies.psc.go.ug to create their profile and attach academic documents.
“The e-recruitment platform its makes it convenient for the job applicants to submit their applications from any place where they can access internet, instead of travelling long distances to submit manual application forms to the commission,” Frank Tumwebaze, the ICT and national guidance minister said in mid-week.
Launching the platform in Kampala, he said the move will save the applicants time and money spent on transport especially those staying upcountry. Tumwebaze said by shifting to e-recruitment incidents of corruption in the process will also be substantially reduced.
“Once we realize the potential of ICT in the social transformation of the society, the more resources government will inject in the sector to ensure that the public have access to quality ICT services especially internet connectivity,’ he said.
The Minister asked the National Information Technology Authority to make sure the country’s internet connectivity is universal in order to spread the benefits of such new measures.
Speaking at the same event, PSC chairperson Justice Ralph Ochan said handling manual applications system had become cumbersome due to considerable paperwork involved and the delays in vetting applicants.
“When the Commission advertises for jobs, we receive more than 10,000 applicants. This consumes a lot o,f time because the Commission have to look at each application before short-listing for the interviews. But with the online platform this will solve some of the hard work,” he said.
The portal is made up of four modules. There is an Applicant one to handle those applying for jobs, a second module for the PSC which is an internal portal for public services. The third module is the Examination which will be used for Amplitude examinations. The remaining one is that for the Ministry and Autonomous Authorities such as National Forestry Authority.