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Arab Youths Want to Work in the Public Sector

Middle East : 05 April 2010

According to a new report just released over 60% of Arab youths have said they would prefer to find a job in the Public Sector as opposed to the Private one. The Arab Youth Survey was compiled by ASDA’A Burson-Marstellar and when these findings were revealed many in the Private Sector felt that this is going to be a big problem in the future as they will have difficulty competing with the added benefits given to public sector workers.

As is the case in many countries it is extremely difficult for the Private Sector to compete with the many added benefits that workers are automatically entitled to when they take up Public Sector employment. That and stability of long term employment are just not components of private sector employment.

One Kuwaiti businessman went so far as to say that the benefits being offered by the Public sector are criminal and that it is just not possible for someone in the Private sector to offer workers additional benefits and still make a profit. He stated that if a worker does not come up to the mark performance wise then most Private companies simply cannot afford to cushion employees who cannot attain minimum levels of performance.

He also said that for the good of Tourism we need to see local workers working in the different sectors of the Tourist Industry as this is what visitors will want and expect to see and this will not be possible if all of the next generation of workers want to work in the government or join the police or the army.

Andrew Reid, Staff Writer, Gulf Jobs Market News
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