Pakistanis losing out in hunt for jobs abroad
ISLAMABAD: For Pakistanis, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are still the leading providers of employment outside their country. This is largely true even though job opportunities are shrinking for a Pakistani workforce due to increasing demand for highly skilled human resource.
Last year, a total of 947,718 workers landed jobs abroad out of which a little more than half, or 522,932, secured jobs in Saudi Arabia which amounts to 55.17 per cent of the total workforce sent abroad, according to statistics submitted in the Senate by Minister for Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resources Pir Syed Sadaruddin Shah Rashidi.
Another 326,995 persons were sent to the UAE for employment purposes — forming 34.50 per cent of the total workforce. Statistically, Saudi Arabia and UAE together hosted around 90 per cent of the total Pakistani workforce sent overseas.
Available statistics show that Pakistanis rarely find job opportunities in developed countries including the United States and Britain. Pakistani workers are also exploring African countries for possible jobs.
Malaysia and Qatar are some other countries that offer job opportunities to Pakistanis. Malaysia provided jobs to 20,218 Pakistanis while Qatar gave employment to 12,751 Pakistanis last year. Another Arab country Bahrain provided jobs to 9,048 Pakistanis.
War-hit Yemen accommodated 24 Pakistanis last year while Somalia provided jobs to 23 Pakistanis. Another African country Uganda hosted 37 Pakistanis by giving them job in 2015. Guinea, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Lebanon, Nigeria, Libya, Oman, Sudan and some other countries also provided jobs to Pakistani workers.
These statistics show that Algeria hosted 211 Pakistani workers while the southern African nation, Angola provided jobs to 22 Pakistanis. Azerbaijan provided jobs to just eight persons and Cameroon provided jobs to two Pakistanis. These statistics maintains that 355 persons were sent to China and Cyprus employed 500 Pakistani last year.
Germany provided jobs to 44 Pakistanis, Greece two, Hong Kong 29, Italy 431, Japan 84, Singapore 68, South Africa 140, South Korea 734, Sweden 34, Switzerland 15, Turkey 57, UK 261 and USA provided jobs to 350 Pakistanis.
He said during that era a large segment of the Pakistani workforce, mostly unskilled labour, got employment in countries like Saudi Arabia, UAE and Qatar.
“However, as advanced and developed countries need highly skilled workers, Pakistanis cannot get many job opportunities in countries like the US, UK, Australia and others,” he added.