The Council of Ministers has approved this Tuesday the Employment Law, which contemplates the transformation of the State Public Employment Service (SEPE) into the Spanish Employment Agency, to improve its management and operation, without economic charge for the public treasury.
The Second Vice President and Minister of Labor, Yolanda Díaz, announced in the press conference after the Council that there will be a period of six months to carry out this transformation and has assured that it will be fulfilled.
“If there is a well-known public service in our country, it is SEPE, and it is one of the great demands of the citizens of our country,” said Díaz, adding that the transformation will include digitization, modernization and the incorporation of new methodologies.
The new State Employment Agency will have “two large units”, one destined to analyze the data and another decentralized data unit, which will have big data and artificial intelligence.
This Employment Law is intended to be “a framework standard for public employment policies” and will be governed by the principles of non-discrimination in access to and consolidation of employment, transparency and efficiency in the design and execution, as reported by the Ministry of Labor .
“It is an absolutely transversal standard, which has a European view of employment, from the conception of our country, to adapt and standardize ourselves at European levels and improve the concept of employability, which has never been successful in our country”, commented the minister.
This new regulation “changes the look”, so that it is not only addressed to job seekers, but also to active workers who want to improve their position in companies and favor their working life.
In this way, priority attention groups will be expanded, which will include people with borderline intellectual capacity, people with autism spectrum disorders, LGTBI people, victims of gender-based violence, people in social exclusion, people over 45, people migrants, beneficiaries and applicants for international protection, women victims of gender-based violence, Roma people or people belonging to other ethnic minorities, and workers from sectors undergoing restructuring.
The portfolio headed by Yolanda Díaz intends to give “a local dimension” to active employment policies, so that the Sectoral Conference on Employment and Labor Affairs will be able to formulate specific agreements and recommendations to meet the specific needs in each territory.
In addition, the term for the autonomous communities to execute spending on Active Employment Policies is increased, from now until March 31. “This is of great importance in terms of public execution”, added the minister.
The new Employment Law will promote personalized support through a Common Portfolio of Services. To do this, an individualized profile of the person will be prepared, with a unique personalized work file, continuous attention and a tutor who will guide the personalized itinerary.
Users of this Common Portfolio of Services will also have advice for self-employment and entrepreneurship. “We accompany them with feasibility audits,” Daz pointed out.
In addition, access to these services may be both face-to-face and online, to guarantee equal conditions in all the country’s territories.
From the employer’s side, the companies will have a catalog of guaranteed services to manage the job offers submitted to the public employment services. Likewise, they will be able to receive information and advice on offers within the European Union through the EURES Network.
On the other hand, the new regulation also aims to plan and ensure access to Vocational Training for Employment, as pointed out by Labor.
All of these policies will be subject to a new evaluation procedure that will measure employability, intermediation, “which will measure the quality and final result of intermediation,” and coverage, relative to the “level of social protection that each of the workers”. Díaz has recognized that this evaluation is “of enormous complexity”, but it has been done scientifically.
The rule approved this Tuesday in the Council of Ministers also provides for the creation of a common information network for the entire employment services system, integrated with the European network. Therefore, a Collaborative Technical Space for Knowledge, Work and Innovation is created for all the Public Employment Services.