Saudi hiring sends overseas jobs jumping 41pc in Jan-July

Dhaka,  Tue,  26 September 2017
Published : 18 Aug 2017, 22:10:53

Saudi hiring sends overseas jobs jumping 41pc in Jan-July

* Riyadh recruits 341,294 workers * Outflow may cross 1.0 million
Saudi hiring sends overseas jobs jumping 41pc in Jan-July
FE Report

Led by Saudi Arabia, overseas employment jumped by more than 41 per cent in the seven months to July compared with the same period last year, according to officials statistics.

Some 596,705 workers went abroad with jobs in the January-July period of 2017, up by 175,489 workers from 421,216 in the corresponding period of 2016, the state-run Bureau of Manpower Employment and Training (BMET) data showed.

Sector insiders and officials said that the trend in outflow of Bangladeshi workers is expected to continue throughout the year.

If the trend in recruitment continues, more than 1.0 million workers will get job this year, they predicted.

In the last seven months, Saudi Arabia hired the highest 341,294 workers, followed by Oman 57,633, Qatar 57,707and Kuwait 31,225.

Of the total outbound Bangladeshis, 73,019 were female workers who mainly went to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Oman and Jordan.

Narayan Chandra Barma, joint secretary at the Ministry of Expatriates' welfare and overseas Employment, said the government was looking for new job markets for Bangladeshi outbound workers.

They also have taken different steps to increase sending skilled workers abroad, he said.

"We are working on enhancing the number of skilled workers so that the remittance inflows increases," he said

Mr Barma said that a significant portion of remittance is sent through illegal channel like Hundi. Besides, the wages of the workers dropped in the Middle Eastern countries due to lower oil prices.

But the government has different initiatives to increase remittances through the official channel, he added.

"We have also suggested our labour wing officials for raising awareness campaign among the workers about sending their earnings via legal way," he added.               

The inward remittances went down by 14.48 per cent to US$12.77 billion in the FY 2016-17, from $14.93 billion in 2015-16, the central bank statistics said.

More than 10 million Bangladeshis have secured overseas jobs since 1976, according to the BMET figure shows.
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