Manpower export increases from 0.456 mln in 2011 upto 0.946 mln in 2016: Survey


ISLAMABAD, Jun 2 (APP): The manpower export has registered a significant
increase from 0.456 million in 2011 upto 0.946 million in 2015 with the government efforts to find place for Pakistani workforce in the international labour markets.
According to the the Economic Survey 2015-16 released
here Thursday, Saudi Arabia has become the largest market for
Pakistani workers in the world and more than 1.6 million Pakistanis proceeded to
Saudi Arabia from 2011-2015 for employment which accounts about 49.9 percent.
While 1.3 million people (38.2 percent) proceeded to UAE for employment
during the same period. Oman is the third largest importer
of Pakistani manpower and 0.26 million (7.6 percent) job seekers have proceeded
to Oman during 2011-2015.
The illiterate and unskilled workers comprises around half of the total Pakistani migrant workers and only 1.76 percent workers are doing white collar jobs.
Among the skilled workers, drivers are in the highest number, followed by masons, carpenters and tailors.
Since 1971 till December 2015 around 8.77 million Pakistanis were proceeded abroad for employment through the Bureau of Emigration and Overseas Employment (BEOE).
Out of this total manpower exports, about 96 percent have proceeded only to Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries, one percent to European countries and three percent in other countries for employment during the same period.