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Qatar to reduce dependency on domestic helps with new rules

Qatar is working to get rid of unwanted workforce to dilute the negative impact of growing influx of foreign workers, due to rapid development, a senior planning official said.

The Secretary General of General Secretariat for Development Planning, Dr. Saleh Mohamed Al Nabit, said that plans are on to raise awareness among families, and help reduce their dependence on domestic help. Unwanted workers, particularly domestic helpers, may be repatriated, to change social trends and lifestyles of people who require more helpers for their homes and in the service sector.

Instead more focus would be laid on recruiting skilled workers, specialists, experienced employees and professional, to meet demands of growing local employment market. The plan is to crack down on bogus companies trading in work visas, and to curb unwanted workforce, he pointed out.

Further increased contributions of nationals to economic activities in the country, can help balance the local job markets. Training nationals in handling all types of jobs in the country, is also a vital part of the plan, to help reduce dependency on expat workforce, Al Nabit said.

Only few Qatari students are opting for opting for technical and specialization courses, despite large vacancies for such specialists in local job market, he said.

Higher studies should be upgraded on par with current and future requirement of the job market. As for demographic imbalance, Al Nabit pointed out that the policy followed by the country, helped increase contributions of women to jobs from 30.1 percent in 2001 to 35 percent in 2011.

Posted on 5/2/2013

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