Published On: Wed, Jul 13th, 2016

Saudi Arabia becomes largest market for Pakistani workers



ISLAMABAD: More than 1.6 million Pakistanis proceeded to Saudi Arabia from the year 2011-2015 for employment purpose, making the country as the largest market for Pakistani workers across the world.

According to an official of Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development, overall 49.9 percent (1.6 million) workers have proceeded to Saudi Arabia during the period.

 While 1.3 million people (38.2 percent) proceeded to United Arab Emirates (UAE) for employment during the same period. Oman is the third largest importer of Pakistani manpower and 0.26 million (7.6 percent) job seekers have proceeded to Oman during 2011-2015.

The illiterate and unskilled workers comprises around half of the total Pakistani migrant workers and only 1.76 percent workers are doing white collar jobs, the official said.

Among the skilled workers, drivers are in the highest number followed by masons, carpenters and tailors.

Since 1971 till December 2015 around 8.77 million Pakistanis were proceeded abroad for employment through the Bureau of Emigration and Overseas Employment (BEOE).

Out of this total manpower exports, about 96 percent have proceeded only to Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries, one percent to European countries and three percent in other countries for employment during the same period.

The official informed that the manpower export has registered a significant increase from 0.456 million in 2011 upto 0.946 million in 2015 with the government efforts to find place for Pakistani workforce in the international labour markets.

Saudi Arabia largest market for Pakistani job seekers:

Saudi Arabia had become the largest market for Pakistani workers in the world and amongst other Gulf States such as the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Oman and Kuwait, a government official said on Wednesday.

According to the Bureau of Emigration and Overseas Employment official, Saudi Arabia, being a Muslim state was an attractive place to work for millions of Pakistani job seekers seeking employment abroad.

The number of Pakistani emigrants in Saudi Arabia has increased from 0.14 million in 2008 to 0.22 million in 2011.

“Presently Pakistan is exporting skilled, semi-skilled and unskilled labour,” the official said.

Responding to a question, he said the number of Pakistani workers registered for overseas employment through the Bureau of Emigration & Overseas Employment during 2011 for Saudi Arabia was 222,247.

News Source DND & Tribune

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