Hire locals, private sector urged
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
HOME Affairs Minister Pehin Orang Kaya Johan Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Hj Adanan Begawan Pehin Siraja Khatib Dato Seri Setia Hj Mohd Yussof yesterday called on the private sector to employ locals with suitable qualifications and skills. Similar calls have repeatedly been made by prominent and senior government figures and His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam in the past.
Whilst foreigners still dominate much of the private sector workforce, the sultanate has seen slight increase in the local employment within the sector over the years, the minister said during the State Legislative Council meeting.
Citing Labour Department statistics, Pehin Orang Kaya Johan Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Hj Adanan said there were 104,820 employees in the private sector five years ago, out of which 29,547 were locals. In 2006, figures for locals working in the private sector increased to 32,224, while the number of foreigners declined to 74,098. The department has already started giving priority to qualified and skilled locals in certain job categories to reduce Brunei's dependency on foreign labour, the minister said, adding that 13 have been identified by the department for the private sector to give the locals priority to. Such job categories include cashiers, clerks, salespersons, security guards and others.
The Brunei Times