Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Plenty of Jobs Available.

How is it that unemployment here is such an issue when there are so many "help wanted" ads in the paper every day. A lot of big, quarter-page sized ads, that say "Immediately Required," or "Urgently Required."

In the Arab News yesterday I counted SIXTY jobs available. There are perhaps more, depending on how you interpret "Project Engineers" - the "s" on the end of "Engineers," makes it "plural." So are you looking for two? Or are you looking for a dozen? Even if the company that placed the ad is only looking for two "Project Engineers," that ups my count to sixty-one jobs out there available for someone who is unemployed; but if that company is looking for eight "Project Engineers," then the count goes up to sixty-seven.

Some companies are quite specific when advertising for employees by preferring job applicants of certain nationalities.

I'm sure there is a good reason that a Filipino or Indian national is preferred; probably something to do with being an "equal opportunity employer," no doubt. Hmmph.

Funny, though, in just the small sampling of help-wanted ads that I scanned from the paper and in all of the ads that I read, not a single one mentioned as a benefit that whoever was hired for any of the available positions would be able to spend the entire working day talking on their mobile phone. Perhaps that's because the companies looking to fill their vacant positions might require actual work!


  1. Maybe they should tap into the (illegal) immigrant population here in the US, who are "doing the jobs that Americans won't do". There appears to be no shortage.

  2. Oh, there are plenty of those, here, Tsarbomba. One bus / truck load gets picked up and deported and another bus / truck load gets unloaded. It's a vicious cycle.

    The bigger problem, here, is the unemployed "locals," who won't work for a variety of reasons - the main reason though is because it involves, well, work!

    Which isn't to say that there are not a lot of hard working locals, just that there are a lot that don't want to have to exert themselves in any way.

  3. From what I understand (and I may be totally wrong), companies put these ads out even though they have the positions filled up. At least that's what I understand it to be anyways.

    Unemployment is high over here too - a lot of Omani's wish they had jobs, but the problem is that so many of them won't stoop so low and do real work.

    I always say that there should be more tech colleges to train people on real everyday skills. You'd never find and Omani plumber, painter, construction worker, etc. It's wacked.

  4. I_Oman - You are probably quite right as far as the ads being placed - even though the jobs have been filled. I suspect the labor positions are open - for the same reason you said - the "locals" here believe it is beneath them to do these jobs. They all want to be CEO's, or at least Senior Managers right out of high school. And, we end up with a plethora of "Chiefs" to every "Indian," that works here.


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