Qataris not keen on private sector jobs

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The government agencies like Supreme Education Council (SEC), Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC), National Health Authority (NHA), Urban Planning and Development Authority (UPDA) and Social Development Centre received a large number of job applications from the nationals yesterday.

The first day of Qatar Career Fair witnessed a heavy rush at various pavilions. In the first three hours, the HMC received over 70 applications from Qataris. The NHA received 100 applications and over 200 enquiries. The SEC received 85 CVs by 12pm. And young Qataris were seen thronging several other government and public sector pavilions making enquiries and busy submitting their CVs online.

The oil and gas companies said they received a ‘fairly good’ response from the job seekers. However, the job seekers’ response to offers from banking and insurance sector was rather lukewarm.

The Urban Planning and Development Authority (UPDA) was another hotspot. An estimated 500 Qataris registered their names with the Authority. “Of the total applicants, 60 per cent are high school graduates and they are looking for a job in the administration wing. We are also in need of engineers, planners and IT professionals", said Khalid Mohammed Salem Al Kuwari, manager, Human Resources Department.

Al Jazeera International and Al Jazeera Children’s Channel also witnessed a heavy rush of applicants. “We received a lot of applications. A lot of Qatari women evinced keen interest in joining our production team. Some students were asking whether they can work as part timers,” said Nada Ahmed Al Ansari, who is in charge of Training and Development of the channel.

Long queues of young job seekers were seen in front of Al Jazeera International to log in to the channel’s online job posting site. Many of them were looking for a job in the channel’s administration wing.

A large number of visitors were women. They were seen making enquiries at various pavilions what kind of jobs and the pay package they offer to the beginners.

Some government agencies issued a list of available jobs to the visiting job seekers. The Social Development Center (SDC) has vacancies for vocational training and rehabilitation manager, business projects controller, administration and finance section head, entrepreneur business administrator, purchasing and store officer, social studies researcher, social services researchers, statistical analyst and social development programmes officer.

Though the Career Fair was meant exclusively for the nationals, several agencies, including banking and insurance sector, NHA and several private sector companies, are accepting applications from expatriate job seekers.

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