Expat Jobs News

Latest 10 news items tagged Jobs

26 Feb at 4 PM 2015

Saudi Arabia approves Chile as domestic helper source

Domestic helpers from Chile will now be allowed to apply for work in Saudi Arabia, announced the country’s Labour Ministry. The workers from the South American country will have seven different roles to choose from – four for men and three for women. The jobs males will be able to apply for are drivers, nurses, housekeepers and helpers, while females can take on work as nurses, housekeepers and nannies. Chile is the first country from Latin America to be added to the 14-strong list, which includes seven from Asia (the...
8 Feb at 2 PM 2015

Expats make up 78% of Saudi workforce

Saudi Arabia’s 11 million-strong workforce consists of 78 per cent foreign workers and just 22 per cent locals, according to recent data. Economic analyst Ihsan Buhulaiga explained that many Saudis work in public sector positions because of the careers on offer and the various privileges associated with such jobs, while others take on temporary jobs with private firms while applying for government jobs. Despite the figures, the kingdom’s unemployment rate is falling, with 651,300 out of work at the end of 2014 compared to...
6 Feb at 12 PM 2015

Bangladesh to send 500,000 maids to Saudi

The government of Bangladesh has announced that it is set to send half a million qualified housemaids to Saudi Arabia once the two countries have finalised an expatriate recruitment agreement. A source from the Ministry of Labour in Saudi Arabia said that a delegate will travel to the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka to finalise the agreement, link Bangladeshi companies with Saudi recruitment firms and decide the date the recruitment will commence. The Bangladeshi Consul General Shahid Al-Kareem said that his government had done all it...
28 Nov at 3 PM 2014

Job prospects in Australia fading for Kiwis

The number of New Zealanders heading to Australia in the search of work before heading home unsuccessful is on the rise. The Auckland Chamber of Commerce chief executive Michael Barnett said hundreds of expat Kiwis have made the journey but returned to their homeland upon discovering that the prospect of work has faded dramatically in recent times. Barnett, who was in the Western Australia city of Perth at the weekend to attend its first jobs fair, said that thousands of people visited his stall to enquire about employment...
3 Nov at 6 PM 2014

Chinese goverment survey reveals most expats are illiterate males

The results of a survey by China’s State Administration of Foreign Expert Affairs may have come as a shock to the ministry, but expat professionals seem to be regarding it as a big joke. The study was undertaken in order to determine how to attract the brightest and best overseas talent to China’s buzzing economy. The results, however, seemed to indicate that most expats are male, and almost all are unable to utter ever a short, simple sentence in basic Chinese. Expats who took part in the survey had a different tale to tell,...
29 Oct at 6 PM 2014

Confusion hits expat female dependents in Saudi over teaching jobs

The reversal of an official Saudi announcement allowing dependent expat female teachers to work in private schools without sponsorship transfers has confused and disappointed those affected. Expat dependents whose husbands held their sponsorship papers were overjoyed last Friday at the apparent relaxation of the requirement to transfer their iqamas to private schools wishing to employ them as teachers. The new scheme was announced by Ahmed al Humaidan, an undersecretary at the Kingdom’s Ministry of Labour, via the Arab News English...
22 Oct at 6 PM 2014

Mega rich give fortunes to support young entrepreneurs and the underprivileged

A recent study has revealed that wealthy philanthropists nowadays are focusing on helping new self-sustaining projects, job creation and the poverty-stricken. Around 13 per cent of the world’s wealth is held by just 0.003 of its population – the mega-rich millionaires and billionaires who monstly made their fortunes in the heady second half of the last century. However, rather than gifting to museums or universities as in the past, the ultra-wealthy are turning their thoughts to encouraging young entrepreneurs, those working in...
16 Oct at 6 PM 2014

Christchurch rebuild halves emigration from New Zealand South Island

Ever since the rebuild of earthquake-devastated Christchurch began, Kiwi expats have been returning to help, with nationals who’d planned to migrate also joining in the reconstruction of their much-loved city. Migration from New Zealand’s South Island has almost halved during the past two years, with locals joining with incomers from overseas. Everyone wants to be a part of of the rebirth of a city, with experienced expat construction engineers, experts and craftsmen in the building trade all working hand in hand whatever their...
14 Oct at 6 PM 2014

Saudi construction companies to replace professional expat staff with locals

Expat engineers on contract to Saudi construction companies with important projects now fear the loss of their jobs due to the controversial Nitiqat programme. Saudi companies are only required to fill seven percent of their vacancies with local workers in order not to disrupt the progress of major construction projects. However, many major firms are now planning to replace qualified and experienced expat professionals with Saudi labour in order to comply with the Kingdom’s Saudization scheme. According to one construction site...
24 Sep at 6 PM 2014

Missing expat Premium Bond prizewinners urged to claim their windfalls

Two British expats who’ve probably forgotten they’d bought Premium Bonds are sitting on a major windfall totalling £150,000. The UK’s Premium Bond scheme encouraged millions of post-war Britons to buy its shares at £1 each and take part in its monthly draws. Many savers won small or larger prizes over the years until the National Lottery and the later Euro lotteries began offering huge prizes not linked to savings. One of the two unclaimed prizes is due to a woman holding six bonds who emigrated to Australia and...