The government has failed to encourage female job seekers to register online for overseas positions, as it did not wage an effective campaign to this end, say migration experts.
Online registration of female workers will end tomorrow, with only 32,279 registered so far, according to the Institute of Information and Communication Technology (IICT) of the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET).
The Bureau of Manpower, Employment and Training (BMET) with the technical assistance of IICT is running the online registration of aspirant female overseas workers.
“Women job seekers did not respond to the online registration as they were not informed, and I have not seen any campaign for it,” Refugee and Migratory Movements Research Unit (RMMRU) Chairperson Tasneem Siddiqui said on Saturday.
She said the government should have launched a campaign to motivate and train them to be able to do jobs abroad.
Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment Secretary Zafar Ahmed Khan told the Dhaka Tribune that female overseas job seekers were not registering at the expected level. The ongoing political turmoil was responsible for the underwhelming response, he opined.
Asked about the necessity of a campaign to motivate female job seekers to register online, the secretary said: “We have put advertisements in newspapers and on television.”
According to the IICT of BUET, a total of 5,060 female overseas jobs seekers registered in Dhaka division and 1,125 from Barisal. However, registration in those two divisions will end tomorrow.
A total of 6,346 women have registered in Khulna, 2,618 in Chittagong, 4,648 in Rajshahi, 4,481 in Sylhet and 5,986 in Rangpur divisions.
The government began registration across the country following huge demand for female workers in overseas territories and countries including Hong Kong, Singapore and Qatar.
The BMET data shows the number of female migrant workers is increasing every year.
A total of 37,004 women workers went to different countries for jobs in 2012, 30,579 in 2011, 27,706 in 2010, 22,234 in 2009 and 20,822 in 2008.
Earlier, the government completed the online registration of over 1.4m male workers to send to Malaysia, to work on plantations there.