Slump in new job market

Newspapers and online job portals have not published any significant government job ads amid coronavirus. Private job ads dropped too. Pharmaceutical companies publish the maximum job advertisements in newspapers usually. They also had only a few job ads due to coronavirus. Chief executive officer of the country’s largest job website Bdjobs, Fahim Masrur, speaking to Prothom Alo, said, “Job ads dropped by 80 per cent on our website in April and May. Many companies postponed the recruitment process. Many also halted interviews after selection.”

A report on the job market released by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in mid-2020 said, the job market collapsed in Bangladesh due to coronavirus. Job advertisements reduced significantly. Job ads decreased by 35 per cent in March and by 87 per cent in April. Job ads and postings dropped by 95 per cent in apparel and education sectors in April, 81 per cent in health, 82 per cent in information technology and 64 per cent in the development sector.

Two BCS gives ray light of hope

PSC announced the circular of the 42nd special BCS at the end of the year to recruit 2,000 physicians. Application submission has ended. PSC announced recruitment of another 1,800 of the 43rd BCS. PSC is accepting applications now. The announcement of the two BCS exams has brought fresh hope among job seekers. Tanvir Tushar, an international relations graduate from Jahangirnagar University, said there was no good job advertisements during coronavirus pandemic. And the age limit for government service was running out too. So the two BCS circulars brought hope. Job studies had become slack but now have revived. Many will get jobs in the two BCS. We hope that more job circulars appear in the offing, he added.

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