The Foreign Labor Raised

8 years, 4 months ago - August 06, 2013
37 197 foreigners are working at Mauritius, according to data compiled by the Ministry of Labour. A figure that is steadily rising and that raises the concern of many observers especially with unemployment that continues to grow in the country.

The number of foreign workers in Mauritius is increasing. We have 37 197 in May against 35,629 in the corresponding period in 2012. While nine years earlier, the country recorded only 17,500 foreign workers. Growth is attributed to several factors.

"Some companies are struggling to have the local workforce. First, because it lacks some skills in Mauritius. On the other Mauritians do not want certain jobs (textile, bakery ...) These companies have no choice but to rely on foreign workers to continue to operate, "advance Pradeep Dursun, the Industrial Relations Adviser 'to the Mauritius Employers' Federation (MEF).

Another explanation in some areas, said economist Pramode Jaddoo, the cost of labor Mauritius is higher than abroad. "It is more profitable for employers to use foreign workers who are willing to work hard to raise money," he says. The fact that the entry of foreign workers was liberalized in 2007 by the then Finance Minister, Sithanen, there is also something says union Reeaz Chuttoo. "Foreigners can therefore come up with a tourist visa and look for work. This has meant that we now have 2 000-2500 foreign workers who work illegally in the country and this number is growing, "he decries.

But what worries more the union is that some companies employ foreigners for jobs that can Mauritians. "I know a company that employs' helpers foreigners. We also now many foreign administrative frameworks including Indians and French workers in Mauritius. Foreigners have penetrated almost all sectors, "he will alarm.

A situation he regrets since the unemployment rate is highest in the country. In the first quarter of 2013 there is no less than 52,500 unemployed. "With rising unemployment, foreign workers are trying to block the situation," Pramode Jaddoo advance.

And Reeaz Chuttoo to rebel: "These are not foreign workers are taking the places of Mauritians, but it is the Mauritian employers who shun the local workforce to exploit foreign and do more profits. Foreign workers allow them to increase their 'competitive edge at the global level because these employees are willing to work at any time without their rights. This phenomenon will continue to grow. We are left to look like this on Singapore. "

Pradeep Dursun not share the same opinion. "The foreigners are doing the jobs abandoned by Mauritians anything is legitimate Mauritians aspire to more attractive jobs. On the other hand, the country has always relied on foreign labor and this will increase.

With the opening of our economy, we must accept the fact that people come to Mauritius to seek employment, "he says. For Pramode Jaddoo foreign labor "is not a permanent solution." It is to compensate for a failure and things should stay that way, "he says. The best, he says, is to train the local workforce to fit the current conditions of employment.

What jobs do they do?

Here are some businesses that are foreign workers in Mauritius: cook, mason, printer (printer) 'machine operator', baker, carpenter, 'fish cutter', carpenter, public relations officer ',' customer service officer ', Accounting, interpreter 'sofware engineer', interior decorator, teacher, nurse specialist, 'dental mechanic', sculptor, musician, jockey ...

These sectors that recruit

* Other sectors include agriculture, fisheries, education. There are even Mauritians who recruit foreigners to work as domestic helpers ...

Top 5 countries from which these foreigners

  • Bangladesh - 16,897
  • India - 8817
  • China - 5149
  • Madagascar - 3201
  • France - 301

* Nepal, Morocco, Lebanon, Korea, Japan, Israel, Indonesia, Haiti, Algeria, Argentina, Burundi, Congo and Denmark are among the other places in the world where do foreigners working on our soil.

 

Insufficient salary

If Mauritians do not want to work in certain sectors, advance Reeaz Chuttoo is that the rates that they are very low at Rs 4300 in the free zone for example. "If the company paid the accommodation and food Mauritians as it does for foreign workers, Mauritians have worked," he says. Just as it is logical that graduates must repay their student loans will look for jobs where wages are attractive.

Preference or not

Pradeep Dursun is categorical. "It is not true that companies prefer foreign Mauritians because foreign labor is subject to a lot of additional expenses such as rent, the cost of the ticket .... "He says.

 

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