Demand for manpower surges as Qatar's economy reopens

(MENAFN- The Peninsula) Doha: With economic activity in the country gaining momentum, the demand for manpower has soared. The requirement for staff from the companies is so high that manpower agencies in the country are unable to fulfil the demand. The companies are more interested in hiring local talent instead of getting people from abroad.

“Everyday we are getting minimum 7-8 emails about requirements. Demand for manpower is high from retail companies, hotels, restaurants and education. Demand is also coming from contracting companies for blue-collared jobs, like carpenters, electricians etc,” Abdulla Usman Sait, Managing Director of KKK&Z International- a manpower providing company- told The Peninsula.

“Now the market is opening up and companies have started expanding their activities and they need more people to meet their expansion plans,” said Abdulla. KKK&Z International provide manpower to many major companies including Ali Bin Ali, Huawei, Vivo, Microsoft, Apple, Vodafone Panasonic, Dell and many gaming brands.

With the reopening of economy, many national and international events are also planned. In the last two months, Qatar has organised many high profile events and conferences including Formula 1 Qatar Grand Prix, Hospitality Qatar, Cityscape and Project Qatar. It is going to be a busy season going forward as many such big events are lined-up. Such events will keep the demand for manpower high in the coming months. 

“The start of mega events is also one of the major factors for driving up the demand for manpower. Also, companies have begun to prepare for the upcoming football world cup,” said Abdulla.“The demand is higher for local talent and companies prefer a local hire compared to bringing someone from abroad,” he added.

With FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 just a year away, companies are preparing for these mega-events. They have started hiring employees considering that the activities related to the world cup will increase the economic activities in Qatar. 

Companies in the tourism and hospitality sectors are looking to increase the headcount.

“Earlier the demand for manpower was so high that if someone had asked me to bring 10 kilograms of gold, I could have done it easily but if someone had asked to bring even two people it was very difficult to do. But, now the situation is much better as now quarantine rules have eased which has enabled manpower companies to bring people from abroad,” said Abdulla.

Easing of quarantine rule has benefitted manpower companies in Qatar as it has lowered the cost of bringing people from outside.


The Peninsula

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