The National Employment Agency (NEA) is offering 20,000 local jobs to Cambodian migrant workers who have returned from Thailand and are now under quarantine.
The workers can apply for the jobs as soon as they complete their 14-day mandatory quarantine period.
The NEA, under the Ministry of Labour, is offering local jobs to the returning migrant workers as a means to support them finding employment nearer to home than going back to Thailand.
The NEA has set up a task force to compile details of the migrant workers who returned from Thailand, get them to register all their information, and apply for local jobs after they have completed the 14-day quarantine period.
The NEA director, Hay Hun Leng, said that they have set up a mechanism on how to support these returning migrants with local job opportunities.
“We have 20,000 primary employment opportunities at the moment. We want those who returned from Thailand to take up the job offers provided by us after they have strictly complied with the Health Ministry’s directives and Standard Operating Procedures including adhering to hygiene and safety regulations,” he added.
He said there are many types of jobs available for them in various industries and sectors such as manufacturing, construction and agriculture.
Hun Leng added that the NEA team is also working closely with the local authorities to collect data of the returned workers so that they have a complete updated database to get them jobs that commensurate with their qualifications, skills, and experience.
“The working committee will also disseminate information on the employment opportunities to the workers at the centres. We also need the support from factories, enterprises and investors on job openings so that we can cross-match with our database to see which workers are suitable for the jobs,” he added.
In case a migrant worker missed the information on local job offers, Hun Leng said the NEA team will also put up notices strategically at the respective job centres so that they can contact directly in the capital and some provinces such as Banteay Meanchey, Battambang, Siem Reap, Preah Sihanouk, Phnom Penh, Kampong Thom, Prey Veng, Takeo, Kampot, Pursat, Svay Rieng, Kampong Cham, and Stung Treng.
According to Ministry of Health statistics, to date 12,088 Cambodian workers have returned from Thailand due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Chan Srey Neang, a worker who returned from Thailand said that he has now completed his quarantine period and is back home in Takeo province safely.
“I am so happy that the government has come up with these job offers for us as I was truly worried about how to find a job and support my family,” he added.
He added that while he applies for the job and awaits a call from the NEA or the employer, he will help his parents at their farm.