Not In­ter­ested

Southasia - - BRIEFINGS -

The people of Bhutan, it ap­pears, are not in­ter­ested in work­ing in Saudi Ara­bia. This be­came ev­i­dent when a Saudi com­pany floated an advertisement for 2,251 va­can­cies in Saudi Ara­bia. There are at present 7,797 un­em­ployed in Bhutan and if these va­can­cies were filled, about 25 per­cent of them would have landed jobs.

How­ever, by the time the dead­line to ap­ply was over, the La­bor Min­istry had re­ceived only 60 ap­pli­ca­tions. Em­ploy­ment of­fi­cials be­lieve that the low turnout was be­cause of the of­fer be­ing only for skilled and tech­ni­cal per­sons while job­seek­ers in the coun­try were fresh grad­u­ates who did not have work ex­pe­ri­ence.

Mean­while, some on­line re­ports warn­ing im­mi­grant work­ers on safety is­sues of em­ploy­ees work­ing in the Mid­dle East have also dis­cour­aged job­seek­ers from ap­ply­ing for the posts.

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