Published: Thursday, April 4, 2013

KSA may take more workers

Saudi team assessing manpower sourcing system in Bangladesh

Saudi Arabia might recruit an increased number of Bangladeshi workers after assessing the manpower sourcing system here.
The visiting eight-member Saudi delegation will submit a report to its government for assessment of the system.
The team led by its chief Sultan Bin Mohammad Al Hajja yesterday met Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment Minister Khandker Mosharraf Hossain at the latter’s office to discuss recruitment of Bangladeshi workers.
Talking to newsmen after the meeting, Sultan said they visited relevant departments of Bangladesh government and assessed the manpower sourcing system including training and registration of jobseekers.
“We are satisfied with the measures taken by the Bangladesh government to train up the workers. We hope the training would help workers sustain their positions in the Saudi labour market after competing with other nationals,” he added.
Responding to a query about a recent crackdown on migrant workers in Saudi Arabia, Sultan said his government was taking legal action against illegal expatriates, regardless of nationality.
The Saudi government, mentioned the delegation chief, was always careful about the welfare of Bangladeshi workers.
About two weeks ago, the government of the Arab state launched a crackdown on around two million illegal expatriate workers there, reported Saudi newspapers.
Expatriates’ Welfare Minister Khandker Mosharraf, however, hoped that the Saudi labour market would remain as the biggest employment destination for Bangladeshi jobseekers.
“Saudi Arabia has been the biggest labour market for Bangladesh over the years. But of late, migration of Bangladeshi workers there came down drastically due to some allegations of criminal activities against some workers,” he noted.
In 2008, the Saudi government had imposed restrictions on hiring Bangladeshi workers.
Until then, the Middle Eastern country used to recruit around one lakh Bangladeshis a year. But now it hires only around 10,000 to 15,000 Bangladeshis.
About 1.5 million Bangladeshi workers are now employed in Saudi Arabia, according to the Bangladesh embassy there.