Employment Scenario in Kathmandu
Opportunities in Kathmandu Nepal
Among the different driving factors for growth Kathmandu Valley, job opportunities and Employment Scenario in kathmandu Nepal are core factors. What we feel is that the number of jobless population is increasing significantly. This is due to lack of job opportunities within the country. Today, it is quite difficult for any job seeker to find the right job especially in Kathmandu city. Increasing trend of entrepreneurship, organizations and businesses is not sufficient for all job seekers. The reason behind such difficulty is due to the increasing population inside Kathmandu city. Currently, the population of Kathmandu is approximately 1.4 million, including local residents and travellers residing in the city.
The population of Kathmandu city is so high. And then, for a single vacant position, there seems to be an unhealthy competition. Because there is a large number of job applications for single vacancy announcement. Most of the people prefer to live and work in Kathmandu city due to centralization of essential services. Fresher are in search of new opportunity and existing job holders prefer to switch for the better career options. The fear of insecurity in jobs is also a reason for switching jobs. Generally these organizations have the decision of hire and fire upon the head of the organization.
Current Scenario in kathmandu Nepal
Looking at the present employment scenario in kathmandu Nepal, many citizens who are employed are not satisfied. There is dissatisfaction with their existing roles and responsibilities and working environment too. Even though, people who are satisfied still apply for the vacant position for a better perks.
Nepalese people dreams of finding a right job as per their qualification, however, for many this could be just a dream. A lot of struggle is required to find the right job. Some have a dream of getting selected in government jobs and some look for positions in public services. Skilled people with better potentiality are always putting their eyes on switching off the job.
To address current scenario in regards to job scarcity and social security, different movements are carried time and again. Nepalese youth were on a fast in Kathmandu with hopes to pressurize government and improve existing condition.
Finding right job
Finding one’s job according to the dream one has made for himself/herself and for family members. It really becomes the goal to make it actually happen in the future. However, if they are not able to achieve the goal set by them, they tend to find other opportunities. They leave their homeland and look for better opportunities abroad in terms of their respective qualifications and experience. Every year at least 3,00,000 to 4,00,000 youth arrive in the Nepalese job market in search of a job. But only 5% of them are able to land a job in the country according to the survey (source : Nepal Labor Survey 2015). More than 800 Nepali youth leave the country every day — in pursuit of a better life and happiness, as per the Labor Department.
When the Employment Permit System (EPS), Korea branch in Kathmandu, announced vacancy for 3,100 workers to work in South Korea recently, some 60,600 people dropped their applications. This is just an example of people’s attraction towards foreign employment.
No less was the number of applicants when the Public Service Commission (PSC) announced vacancies in 5,000 different posts in January. A total of 5,060,000 applications were dropped for 5,000 posts (Source : according to PSC 2015). eWith or without education, unemployment rate is high in the country. This not only creates difficulty for youngsters to earn for living, but the country’s economy is also going down.
Present challenges of Employment in kathmandu
The employment scenario in kathmandu Nepal, is forcing people to leave the country in search of job opportunities. Moving abroad looks like the best option. On the other hand, accepting low level jobs which underpay and are not worthy of their qualifications is the option. They have to move on and go with it without satisfaction. Therefore, the existing employment scenario in kathmandu Nepal is very critical.
A major reason behind existence of such critical situation is because the students are not clear about their goals. Similarly, there is no proper counseling services for the students to guide them. They need to know importance of making plan for higher studies, following passion and interests, importance of any jobs. Such counseling services in colleges remediates this existing problems. This opens up the right opportunities of right jobs to right people.
Market scenario in kathmandu Nepal
Whether to graduate from high school or a working adult looking for a career change, choosing a career major can be confusing. It’s challenging to select a career path that matches up with one’s personal passions. Understanding some of the trends that shape the job market can help narrow their job search. If one is looking for job security and growth, one should focus on the industries that are adding the most new jobs in the coming decade. In case of Nepalese students, they are aware of their field of interest but they have not thought about how they would use it – or vice versa.
In Kathmandu, many colleges affiliate with national and international universities to provide higher and quality education. While pursuing education in such colleges, students perform well but only in theoretical aspect and they still lack practical knowledge. Therefore, if the colleges are more focused on innovation, the students could apply their knowledge into practices. Although some colleges are developing new trends there is still a need for improvement. The practices need to become habitual. The actual skills and qualifications requirement for a job needs to be transparent.
Most of the organizations are seeking the candidates for the placement purpose whether the jobs may be the white color or blue color. The main problem is the lack of appropriate skill the organization would look for.
Employment Opportunities abroad
In context of Kathmandu city, skillful people are generally migrating abroad for the jobs in order to have better compensation & facilities. Only some of the people having hands on skill stay back in Kathmandu. People who do not prefer low level jobs here in Kathmandu are willing for similar jobs broad for better remuneration. This is one of the reason why we are not able to get the candidates that match for the right positions.
Today many job portals and websites are the sources where one can find the job. Likewise, social networking sites such as LinkedIn, Facebook are available to help find the job. They facilitate new job seekers to head hunt the top level positions. Currently, government has also created its own page and application for the easiness of searching government jobs. Even ‘job and career fair’ take place in the capital to open avenues for employment opportunities for unemployed youths.
The government of Nepal is taking steps to address the job scarcity problems. GoN provisions for youth self-employment programs today. The governmental steps look to provide relief in some extent to these employment seeking youths of Nepal.