Young unemployed Qataris hunting for jobs are keen to learn English and master computer skills, suggests a ministerial survey.
Despite this, not many Qatari youths are interested in private jobs due to a mix of factors that include low wages, odd working hours, working in shifts, six-day work week and finally, lack of post-retirement benefits.
Unemployed Qatari youths face a lack of job opportunities, lack of experience to bag a job, suitable qualifications and companies not needing them. A first quarter (Q1 of 2015) manpower survey undertaken by the Ministry of Development Planning and Statistics reflects that 177 young Qataris with secondary school qualifications had no desire to work in the private sector due to the above reasons.
The economically active population in the country (including men and women) in the first quarter (January to March, 2015) was 1.8 million. Most people (694,139) who were economically active were in the age group of 25 to 34 years, followed by those aged 35 to 44. They totalled 519,432.
Those in the younger age group of 15 to 24 years numbered 215,485. Qatari women who were economically active totalled 35,296 and those who were not active numbered about 62,000.
While 375 Qatari men and women showed desire to take up employment in the private sector, another 389 Qatari men and women surveyed said they had absolutely no desire to work in private companies.
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