Indians losing interest in Gulf jobs, rue employers

Dubai : Once the ultimate job destination for many middle class Indians, Gulf countries now face a severe crunch of skilled workers from the country thanks to India’s steady economic progress and rise in incomes, say company heads in the region.
Gathering together at a function in the Qatar capital Doha to celebrate the 60th anniversary of India’s independence, employers said that though they were extremely happy for India the economic expansion did pose a problem in getting skilled workers, reported the Gulf Times.

“It is extremely difficult to get the staff we want from India at the price we are offering,” said U. Achu, general manager of Dyarco International, who went to India recently to recruit financial professionals but had to come back disappointed.

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Tareq Abdullatif Taha, general manager of Regency Travel and Tours, said Indians were now “very choosy” about taking jobs in the Gulf. “Why should they come when they can earn almost the same amount of money and be with their entire family?”

“Gone are the days when you could take a flight to India to recruit staff with specialised skills at the pay scales that were on offer in this country,” added Ravi Narayan, financial controller of Mannai Group.

“The economic boom in India and the generous pay packages offered by companies there have changed the scenario completely. Today, Indian companies like Reliance are paying more money to skilled staff than companies in the Gulf,” he said.