Published On: Sat, Feb 5th, 2011

Job Talk-Govt Jobs vs Private Jobs

The first-ever state-backed study on aspirations and expectations of youth in Karnataka suggest that at least 60% of 14-34 year-olds — irrespective of their education, economic status and place of study – prefer a government job.

Fueling their aspiration for a government job  seems to be job security, which is top most priority for job-hunting youth. Just 24% of Karnataka’s youth prefer a private sector job. Those getting excited about openings in non-government organizations or starting their own businesses are a minority.

These are the preliminary findings of the first-ever government-sponsored study on `Perception, Aspiration, Expectation and Attitude of Students and Youth’ taken up by the Karnataka Knowledge Commission. More then 9,000 youth from 150 of 224 assembly constituencies in the state were interviewed in August-September 2010, to seek their views. The final report will be out this month.

According to the Arab Youth Survey conducted in October 2009 (www.arabyouthsurvey.com), 46% of youth in the countries covered would prefer to work in the government sector, against 43% in favour of the private sector (these figures reach 61% and 31%, respectively in the UAE). This sheds some new light on the question of youth unemployment. On the one hand, public sector is seen as providing stable, secure and high-paying jobs, while it doesn’t necessarily expect high productivity.

On the other hand, private sector is much more competitive, mostly due to a large share of expatriates in the countries (especially in GCC, where this share sometimes reaches up to 80%). Young people are deterred from working in the private sector, often seeing those jobs as too demanding or not interesting enough.

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