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Women make up 70% of unemployed in Astana

02 august 2012, 11:32
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Women are cleaning office building windows in Astana. ©AFP
Women are cleaning office building windows in Astana. ©AFP
Women make up 70% of the unemployed in Astana, Tengrinews.kz reports, citing Amanzhol Abdrakhmanov, Astana Employment Centre director as saying during 2012 City Job Fair.

“Women are looking for a job more frequently than men. Frankly speaking, women unemployment prevails now. About 60-70% of women approached us. There are fewer men. The Job Fair first of targets young adults, graduates of colleges and schools and those who are not planing to study in a university. Not all the school graduates are able to continues on to a universities, some want to find a job. That’s why we have invited big employers, such as construction companies, energy companies and colleges that offer trade courses. We have about 800 vacancies in our data base now,” Abdrakhmanov said.

According to Alma Altybayeva, Employment and Social Program Department head of Astana Akimat (municipal authorities), the city lack blue collar workers and all kinds of technician, such as concrete workers, artificers, plumbers, bus and truck drivers. Communication specialists, medical nurses and preschool teachers are in great demand as well.

“About 9800 students will graduate from universities this year, 3900 of them are economists and 2500 are lawyers. We are expecting that 4500 of them will join the ranks of the unemployed. That’s why we are trying to direct young people so that they can choose the right profession today and not stay without a job tomorrow,” Altybayeva said.

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