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More Women than Men Are Job Hunting In Qatar


Qatar : 06 December 2010

There are a higher number of women looking for work in Qatar than men, according to data released by the Labour Ministry.

Interestingly, a higher number of female graduates and post-grads in Qatar are searching for work when compared to male grads and post-grads.

In another comparison, the number of men who have not finished a secondary education and are searching for employment is higher than the count of women in the same position.

More male than female Qatar nationals have been assisted and placed within government positions by the Ministry of Labour in the time period from April of last year to March of this year.

According to ministry data, a much larger number of female Qatar nationals began working in the private sector, which is considered difficult and less than comfortable, in that same time period.

There were 1,744 male and female Qatar nationals assisted by the Ministry and placed in comfortable and prestigious public sector positions from April 2009 to March of this year.  There were only 852 women in that group.  In the private sector that pattern was reversed and 1,800 women (out of 2,831 total citizens) were placed in private industry firms over that time span.

Out of the total nationals looking for work in the 12-month period from April 2009 to March 2010, over 25 percent of them were graduate and post-graduate women.  The recorded amount of grad and post-grad males in that group was 16 percent.  Male Qatar nationals who had not completed secondary school numbered 27.5 percent of the total male count, while less than 18 percent of the females had not completed secondary school.

In total, 3,406 female Qataris looked for work from April of last year to March if this year.  Only 2,652 male Qataris were job hunting in that time period.  The data recorded for employee complaints was also released, revealing that around 90 percent of those recorded were agreeably resolved.

More than 6,000 grievances were reported, with a majority of them being salary delays in payment, as well as salary denial, air ticket issues, terminal benefits and pay for overtime work.

Paul Holdsworth, Staff Writer, Gulf Jobs Market News
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