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EDITORIAL: Job Vacancies Positive Economic Indicator

It’s encouraging to note the number of job vacancies in yesterday’s newspapers. It’s a key indicator that shows the economy is heading in the right direction. The fact that it’s
11 Jan 2015 10:28

It’s encouraging to note the number of job vacancies in yesterday’s newspapers.

It’s a key indicator that shows the economy is heading in the right direction.

The fact that it’s early January suggests there is a sense of urgency in the employment market to recruit suitably qualified people to fill critical vacant positions in both the public and private sector.

It also shows that increased growth has led to the need to hire more people.

In Government, where you would expect a restrained approach to increasing the labour force, there are new job opportunities.

Minister for Education Mahendra Reddy said the expanding labour market was linked to an expanding economy.

Speaking at the Fiji National University graduation in Lautoka on Friday, Mr Reddy said there would be job opportunities.

In yesterday’s Fiji Sun, the Ministry of Education advertised the following vacancies: Director Primary Education (HQ). Salary: $52,227-$67,931); Director Exams and Curriculum Development. Salary: $52,227-$67,931); Divisional Education Officers (2 posts, Northern, Eastern). Salary: $45,945-$53,587); Senior Education Officer (10 posts: Lautoka/Yasawa, Ba-Tavua 2 posts; Nadroga Navosa 2 posts; Macuata/Bua, Cakaudrove, Nausori; and Suva 2 posts). Salary $35,661-$42,000; Senior Education Officer, Executive Support Unit. Salary $35,661-$40,367; Education Officer (8 posts: Lautoka/Yasawa 2 posts, Ba/Tavua 2 posts, Nadroga-Navosa, Macuata/Bua, Cakaudrove 2 posts; Education Officer, Executive Support Unit. Salary $29,542-$36,370; Research Assistant (2 posts). Salary $12,659-$19,005.

The Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation has also advertised for positions.

More Government advertisements are expected when public service reforms gather momentum.

They coincide with the constant flow of graduates from the local universities and other educational institutions. The Government’s emphasis on education underscored by its massive investment has been pivotal in influencing many of our people to be educated.

Joselyn Roy gave up her librarian job to go back to school and enrolled at the Lautoka Teachers College. On Friday, she graduated as a teacher.

She overcame a lot of trials on the way as a mother and wife but she endured and got the rewards.

Mother Sainimere Matiavi is proud of her eldest daughter Laisa Mara graduating with a Certificate in Early Childhood Education.

She and her husband had sacrificed a lot to support her. They are happy that Laisa has fulfilled her dream to become a teacher.

Similar stories of sacrifice and success have come out from graduations around the country.

Gradually, we are building a smart Fiji that the Government had envisaged. It is to be expected that some in our skilled workforce will be lured overseas.

But the bulk will stay and form the core of our workforce, an essential component of our economy.

 

 

 




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