The sponsorship law is hampering development in the country as it is not providing enough incentives to citizens to learn job skills and compete in the local job market, says the General Secretariat for Development Planning (GSDP).
GSDP’s Director-General, Sheikh Hamad bin Jaber Al Thani, told a forum on labour market strategy that if the sponsorship policy here is modified, nationals will try and become more competent.
“They will learn skills and compete to get jobs in the local market,” said Sheikh Hamad. He said currently, due to the sponsorship law, employers were prompted to recruit foreigners with sub-standard skills on lower salaries.
“This is not good for the national economy. These workers are less productive over the long term,” he said.
He, however, added that this was not to suggest that expatriate workers will not be needed here. “We can’t completely replace the expatriate workforce with locals due to the shortage of national workforce.”
He said the labour market strategy laid emphasis on introducing, among other things, vocational education for nationals under the umbrella of the Supreme Education Council.
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