Applicants react negatively to Min. of Manpower job announcement
Minister of Manpower Nahed Hasan Ashry - YOUM7/Emad Abdelrahman

CAIRO: The Ministry of Manpower announced in a statement Friday the availability of 82,000 new jobs in different sectors in 26 governorates, and encouraged applicants to apply, but many job seekers have reacted angrily after discovering the jobs were in rural areas and required specifications they did not have.

Al-Masry Al-Youm reported that many applicants went to the ministry searching for jobs, but in addition to discovering their far flung locations and overly specific qualifications, found the salaries lacking—ranging only between 400 EGP ($56)-750 EGP a month.

“The ministry has no intention to employ us; they are ‘playing’ us. Most of the required jobs are ‘crafts’ and require special types of experience we don’t have,” said Ahmed Adel, an applicant who spoke to Al-Masry Al-Youm.

Minister of Manpower Nahed Hasan Ashry called on youth in her statement to apply for the jobs, said they were in the private sector and advised applicants to bring a qualification letter to the ministry to seek employment.

An unemployment crisis has rocked Egypt since the 2011 ouster of former President Hosni Mubarak.

Government data collected by the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS) indicated the unemployment rate had reached 12.3 percent in June 2014, an improvement compared to 13.4 percent in March 2014.

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