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.