Pakistan has been facing the issue of unemployment ever since independence. Unfortunately, there is no such employment policy the focuses on the optimum utilization of the available manpower for achieving or maintaining full employment level. Most of the development plans formulated by political leaders are set towards economic growth without giving due importance to employment generation. PTI’s government promised to generate 10 million jobs. The present economic situation appears to be extremely bleak and job creation in the first year of its governance looks sloppy.
The unemployment rate is escalating, that’s pretty evident. Now, we have reached the situation where Pakistan currently lacks the capacity of absorbing about 2 million youth entering the swarming job market every year. Pakistan has become an employers’ market because of the widening supply and demand gap.
Politicians across the political divide talk of merit in recruitment but the truth is, they are guilty of nepotism. Government jobs are used by power wielders for rewarding their relatives and friends. Nobody is really hired on merit basis. Some jobs are even sold for bribes. The price is so high, it’s beyond the affordability of an average Pakistani. Things are not good in the private sector either. If they are not taking bribes, they are hiring people on the basis of common references. In the end, a potential candidate who is more competent than the one hired remains unemployed.
Developed countries don’t function like us. They hire the best candidate on merit basis. Consider the example of Australia. Australian Public Service (APS) strictly follows merit in recruitment. They believe that all eligible members of the community must be given a reasonable opportunity to apply. Even people with disability are encouraged to apply. No wonder everyone loves Australia. Even lots of talented Pakistanis wish to be employed there.
We need to end this injustice and nepotism. For that, we must join hands and sign a petition that employees must be hired on the basis of merit. The best candidate deserves the best job. The new government must take steps to eradicate the corruption happening at the recruitment level.