Job Opportunities Available for OFWs in Qatar

(Photo courtesy of Qatar Ministry of Interior Facebook page)

MANILA – Job opportunities await Filipino migrant workers in Qatar as the host country hosts an international event in November, the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) in Doha reported on Friday.

Labor attaché Adam Musa, in a virtual forum, said more jobs in the tourism and hospitality sectors are available for workers in the Gulf nation which will host this year’s FIFA World Cup. year.

“From this moment, the demand is the hospitality industry due to the needs of FIFA, also in retail outlets, sector related to tourism. The tourism industry is a good prospect that would have a positive impact on our working community, as Qatar also invites more tourists even after FIFA, and they will continue to sponsor global events,” added the official from the Ministry of Labor and Employment (DOLE).

Musa expressed his belief that holding the sporting event will help improve the economy of the host country and create jobs.

“It would totally improve their economy. Infuse more revenue through this global event,” he said.

Musa said they are currently processing 250 employment contracts per day.

“In 2020, for a period of six months, we were able to treat around 3,000 workers. But now every month more or less about 3,000. Based on these stats we’ll see that there are returning workers and also new workers relative to the 2020 numbers what I’m reporting is our figures from 2021. The gap is quite large, which proves that their economy is booming and the demand for Filipino workers is increasing,” he added.

There are approximately 250,000 Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) in the Arab nation, the majority of them are Domestic Service Workers (HSW).

“Around 130,000 and more are domestic workers. The rest are professional, highly skilled, semi-skilled,” he said.

The minimum wage for Filipinos there is 1,500 riyals, or more or less 400 USD (about 20,000 PHP).

“For highly skilled workers like engineers, they get PHP 50,000 or more,” Musa said. (NAP)

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