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Sunday, October 24, 2021

Manpower shortage due to low pay prompts construction project delays in Qatar, KSA


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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