Demand for Egyptian labour favours less educated workers: Report

Ahram Online, Tuesday 17 Jun 2014

Employers in Egypt and abroad were hiring Egyptians with less academic qualifications under their belts as of last April, figures show

Egypt unemployment
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The demand for Egyptian labour with higher education qualifications both in Egypt and abroad dropped by April as compared to the previous year, while the demand for Egyptian workers with less education rose in the same period, according to the latest figures released by Egypt's government.

The demand for workers with higher academic qualifications dropped by 6 percent from March to April of this year and by 8 percent year-on-year from April 2013, according to the Labour Demand Index published by the Egyptian cabinet’s Information and Decision Support Centre (IDSC).

Meanwhile, demand for Egyptian workers with lower educational qualifications increased by 7 percent from March to April 2014 and by 8 percent from April 2013 to April of this year.

Domestic demand for Egyptian labour was up 15 percent in April from the previous month, but still stood 31 percent lower in comparison to the same period of the previous year.

Foreign demand for Egyptian labour fell by 7 percent in April from the previous month and was down by almost 15 percent from April 2013.

The number of local employment opportunities announced in national papers increased by 2.3 percent between March and April 2014 to reach 6,600, an increase of 5.2 percent from April 2013 to last April.

However, job offers abroad announced in the papers decreased to 2,200 in April, down 7.6 percent from the previous month, while the year-on-year fall between April 2014 and last April was 15.1 percent.

Egypt's unemployment rate stood at 13.4 percent in the first quarter of 2014.

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