Qatar and other GCC countries are not paying enough for skilled and unskilled workers in the construction industry, recruiters have said.
The result: a shortage of such workers just as Qatar is embarking on several mega-projects, and a slew of delays that will make finishing such projects before the World Cup 2022 deadline difficult.
Gulf Times reports:
“Owing to low salaries, we are unable to recruit workers from the traditional labour-supplying nations in Asia,” said a senior engineer at a major construction firm.
The engineer said it is difficult to get trained and experienced workforce at the current levels of salaries…“As a result, a number of projects across the country are behind schedule.”
…Recently a (senior official at a South Asian embassy) said even unskilled construction workers in many parts of his country are drawing between $10-12 a day compared to less than QR800 (about $220) a month in Qatar.
Previously, the huge projects that Qatar and Saudi Arabia had planned were forecasted to result in a regional manpower shortage.
But it appears now that many Asian workers are forego migrating to the GCC already, instead entering the construction industry at home due to a lack of incentives abroad.
Meanwhile, summer hours that allowed workers to avoid working during the hottest part of the day finished on Aug. 31 – though forecasters say 39C (102F) temperatures are expected to continue for at least the next two weeks.
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