JCB has recruited 5,258 locals: Minister

|     Aziz Idris     |

A TOTAL of 24,938 local jobseekers applied at the Job Centre Brunei (JCB), as of March 9.

Out of the total, 9,540 applicants were categorised as unemployed but were actively pursuing for employment while the remainding 15,398 applicants were already employed but were looking for a new career.

This was shared by Minister of Energy, Manpower and Industry Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Dr Awang Haji Mat Suny bin Haji Mohd Hussein in accordance with data obtained from JCB.

He said this in response to a question by Legislative Council (LegCo) member Yang Berhormat Pengiran Haji Mohamed bin Pengiran Haji Osman @ Othman during the third day of the 15th Legislative Council meeting yesterday regarding the recruitment data to be revealed for the relevant parties to find the trends for hiring local employees.

Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Dr Awang Haji Mat Suny in his response also stated that 24,433 locals applied for job recruitment at JCB by the end of 2018. Out of the total, 9,540 were unemployed.

The minister noted that the JCB had recruited a total of 5,258 locals since.

Meanwhile, the push for the review of the hiring freeze within the civil service was highlighted by LegCo member Yang Berhormat Haji Mohimin bin Haji Johari @ Jahari whereby some posts were ‘frozen’ (dibekukan) without being replaced or replaced by internal staff (internal hiring).

“There were cases whereby a candidate had fulfilled all the requirements needed for the job vacancy only to find out that the hiring was done internally, as a promotion rather than recruitment,” he noted.

He suggested that the job vacancies within the government in respective ministries should be clearly advertised to inform the public, especially jobseekers.

He believes that everyone should have equal opportunities to find the right candidate who can play a vital role in producing an effective bureaucracy system and excellent service while at the same time, reduce unemployment.

In response, Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Haji Awang Abdul Mokti bin Haji Mohd Daud said the decision to freeze hiring within the ministry was to make way for an “important job post to be replaced” to meet with productivity and specific targets.

However, the minister assured that once rectified, the job post will be opened through newspaper advertisement in Pelita Brunei.