Canada calling: Mauritius to cut down unemployment through overseas jobs
Canada needs more and more senior managers in financial services, ICT, engineering, psychology, education, medicine, security, and provides job opportunities to Mauritians ranging from roles such as doctors to sales representatives to mechanics. (Image: iBackpack Canada)
Mauritians are turning overseas for jobs in an effort to put their skills to good use, and helping the island economy tackle the pressing issue of unemployment in the process.
Canada appears a clear favourite and has received 477 employees from Mauritius since the launch of the migration programme of National Empowerment Foundation (NEF).
Further to the Memoranda of Understanding signed among the NEF, International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and Canadian recruitment agency Prudhomme International Inc., working under the regime of circular migration is possible.
Besides, the government of Canada having collaborated with the Mauritian government over its recruitment program, 25,000 posts are available in 50 different fields under the Federal Skilled Worker Programme (FSWP).
Last year, 5,000 posts were made available under the programme and now, more and more professionals are being sought after to work in Canada.
Canada needs more and more senior managers in financial services, ICT, engineering, psychology, education, medicine, security, and, accordingly, the North American nation continues to provide job opportunities to Mauritians ranging from roles such as doctors to sales representatives to mechanics.
From 2008 till date, more than 16,000 applications have been received from Mauritians wishing to work abroad, according to information provided by the NEF.
Last year, 65 Mauritians went to work in Canada through the program, while, since the beginning of 2014 till date, 18 have already left Mauritian shores.
Besides, Canadian employers are satisfied with the quality of work done by Mauritians and this gives the island economy a good reputation for overseas postings.
According to information provided by the NEF, all employees who went to Canada felt adapted to the new labour market.
Working in Canada also offers Mauritians the opportunity to bring their family in the country after holding the authorisation of a permanent resident status.
Furthermore, children can benefit from the educational system until the tertiary level.
Finally, Mauritians, being bilingual, have better chances than on other nationalities since Canada is also a bilingual country with many French-speaking provinces, especially Quebec – where French is the majority language.
Meanwhile, data released last month by Statistics Mauritius indicated that the number of unemployed in Mauritius for the first quarter 2014 is estimated at 45,300 against 48,300 in the first quarter of 2013, thus representing a decrease of 3,000, of which there are 900 males and 2,100 females.
Finally, those employed in Mauritius are forecast to increase by 1.05% to 531,200 in 2014 from 525,700 in 2013 while unemployment rate for the year 2014 is anticipated to remain unchanged as in 2013 at 8.0%.
About Prudhomme International Inc:
Prudhomme International Inc. is a full-service employment agency with more than 10 years of experience in successfully recruiting and hiring in the global labour market. The company particularly prides itself on being an employment expert in the Western Canadian labour market.
Some of the benefits of working with Prudhomme International are valuable insights into skilled labour, the labour market, required training and skill sets, excellent industry knowledge, and access to long-term employees with a strong work ethic such as qualified welders, mechanics, truck drivers, oilfield workers, mining workers, IT or management staff.