15th National Job Fair Offered Over 3,600 Vacancies Overseas And In Bhutan

Companies from Kuwait, India and officials from the language institutes in Japan also offered job opportunities and trainings at the fair.

(Source: Apkpure)


By Phurpa Lhamo | Kuensel

At the 15th national job fair held in Thimphu on 17 May, over 3,600 job opportunities both in Bhutan and overseas were announced.

The two-day job fair offered over 2,200 job vacancies in the country. About 1,500 job vacancies offered in Bhutan are from the labour ministry’s direct employment scheme (DES). The rest of the vacancies are in the private and corporate sectors.


Source: Ministry of Labour and Human Resources/Bhutan


There were 54 private, corporate, government firms and overseas agencies offering jobs in Bhutan and overseas. This is an increase from last year’s 41 exhibitors which participated at the national job fair.

Sources of jobs offered abroad

Of the 1,400 overseas job vacancies announced at the fair, about 700 are from the Bhutan School of Tourism and Hospitality. Companies from Kuwait, India and officials from the language institutes in Japan also offered job opportunities and trainings at the fair.

While thousands of jobs were offered at the fair, most job-seekers said that the jobs did not match their education background.

What the job-seekers said

A 2016 graduate from the College of Language and Culture Studies who spoke on condition of anonymity said that he was more interested in administrative jobs.

“The jobs here are mostly in the technical field.”

Another jobseeker, Kinzang Yeshi raised the issue that age limit is one of the challenges while looking for a job in Bhutan.

The 32-year-old political science graduate has been looking for a job in the last four years.

“I graduated in 2014 and I have been looking for a job since. There is an age limit for most jobs. I have lost hope now.”

The fair also offered 833 training opportunities in the management and tourism sector, technology and technical trainings.

Insight into employment rate in Bhutan

While unemployment rate has decreased from 2.5 percent in 2015 to 2.1 percent in 2016, the youth unemployment rate has actually increased to 13.2 percent in 2016 from 10.7 percent, according to the draft Labour Force Survey Report in 2016.

The Department of employment and human resources director general, Sherab Tenzin said that some of the likely reasons cited for the existence of unemployment among educated youth are: mismatch of jobs and skills, youth’s aspirations and attitude to blue collar jobs and strong joint family structure.

He said that the lack of jobs or the want of opportunities were not one of the reasons.

“We are particularly excited to report that placing 500 youth in Japan in 2017 represents a major breakthrough in finding a new overseas destination for our youth,” he said.

Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay said that youth going overseas for work should take the opportunity to learn and gain experience to create opportunities in Bhutan when they return.

He encouraged the youth to understand the type of job offered and its future prospects while visiting the fair.

Launch of the Bhutan JobSearch app


Source: Ministry of Labour and Human Resources/Bhutan

The national fair also saw the inaugural launch of the Bhutan JobSearch app. Developed by the labour ministry, it helps to facilitate job searches in and outside Bhutan.

The Senior information and communications technology officer with the labour ministry, Suresh Nepal said that through the app, a job seeker with the job seeker ID can apply for jobs offered under the ministry’s DES.

“We cannot say that all the jobs in the country will be shown in the app but information within the ministry on job vacancies will be made available."


This article first appeared in Kuensel and has been edited for the Bhutan Times.


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