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Shortage of blue-collar jobs in Fiji

January 31, 2018 6:58 pm

There is a shortage of blue collar jobs in Fiji.

Education Minister Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum revealed this while being asked to elaborate more on the TELS Scholarship during a talanoa session in Nakasi.

Sayed-Kahiyum says the shortage of trade’s people is evident of the fact that construction companies are bringing in overseas workers.

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“In Suva at the moment there are brick layers getting eight to nine dollars an hour, welders are getting paid $15 to $16 dollars an hour, electrician with qualification are getting $12 to $13 dollars and hour and we have some construction companies because there is a shortage of good trades people they are bringing in people from Bangladesh, Philippines and Indonesia.”

Sayed-Khaiyum says the introduction of Technical Colleges around the country will assist in addressing the issue.

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