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Many Bahrain policy-makers focus on unemployment and ignore 'disguised unemployment' which is more dangerous than the former one. Disguised unemployment exists mainly in developing countries where part of the labour force is either left without work or is working in a redundant manner, where worker productivity is fundamentally zero.

In fact, disguised unemployment is the result of incorrect planning of resources distribution. It is also one of the indirect reasons for unemployment; a point that no one pays attention to.

Because the public resources spent without real production or outcomes could have been utilised to create jobs, which strengthen Bahrain's economy and offer new opportunities to job-seekers.

Another problem caused by disguised unemployment is that it usually kills competency and talent.

To resolve disguised unemployment, some policy and decision makers implement wrong solutions, for instance if 'disguised staff' complain about their workload or the nature of the situation, they will be assigned unproductive tasks - just to keep them busy. Some will move them to another department without a real need for their skills or knowledge in that new department.

In addition, sending the underemployed to wrong training courses will not help either. It might delay their problem but they will not be able to use what they learned as a bridge to find another job.

The worst is to leave the employee floating for years.

The public sector regulatory bodies have to review and assess the real needs of the public sector every year.

Use proper pension regulations and channels to clear those odd cases in each entity.

The government needs to plan intensive resources management systems through a series of meetings and direct jobs to those most suitable and in need.


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Publication:Gulf Daily News (Manama, Bahrain)
Date:Feb 5, 2014
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