Guyana still hiring from without – By Verian Mentis- Barker


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  • Linda  On 02/04/2018 at 5:20 pm

    The important hire should be the most qualified and that doesn’t mean that the person must be from the Guyanese diaspora or even a Guyanese living in Guyana. It would be interesting to know how many “qualified” Guyanese living abroad apply for jobs in Guyana at the moment?

  • dhanpaul narine  On 02/05/2018 at 12:38 am

    It would also be interesting to know if the CEO position was advertised in Guyana, and abroad, and how many applicants were interviewed.

  • Linda  On 02/05/2018 at 8:09 am

    In a lot of cases, even if jobs are advertised in Guyana and abroad, depending on the expertise required, it’s difficult sometimes (a) to find someone from within Guyana and (b) a Guyanese from abroad, in most cases, are married and they’re not willing to move their families to a country that is still struggling to find itself.

    • Mark  On 02/05/2018 at 7:47 pm

      You will be lucky to find a job in Guyana that pays at least G$60,000 a month (US$300). Even a factory worker in USA works that in three days at minimum wage.
      The cost of living in Guyana is also ridiculous in a sense that 1lb of bananas sell for G$500lb, and 1lb imported Ice Apple sell for G$400LB, making everything imported cheaper than local Guyanese produce.

      A few years ago, land were selling in Guyana for US$45,000-US$55,000 per house lot in newly established areas that was farmland or jungle. You can even find land 30 miles away from a major city centre in Florida or Georgia for a lower price than that.

      Nothing is stable in Guyana. Nothing. The rich only get richer.

      • Linda  On 02/06/2018 at 9:48 am

        MARK…the type of jobs that the government advertise overseas for are for highly qualified persons and these hires usually come with a large income package that is outside the scale of the Guyanese worker within. They have to handsomely pay for such a person, whether they be Guyanese living abroad or a foreign person, because they’re disrupting their life and their families lives to move to a different country and no one will do that for less than what they make at home.

  • Rosaliene Bacchus  On 02/05/2018 at 2:24 pm

    Am I missing something? Is the writer at Xpress Blogg referring to a Jamaican as a foreigner? Isn’t Jamaica a member of CARICOM?

  • Linda  On 02/05/2018 at 4:35 pm

    Rosaliene CARICOM is just a word used by our regional politicians to give the illusion of one people. If you visit any one of the Caricom contries, and I have lived in 3…..we were called foreigners in every one. We’re still waiting to have free movement of people within the Caricom region where persons can live and work without having to go through a bunch of red tape and other obstacles.

  • Mark  On 02/05/2018 at 7:37 pm

    CARICOM is only a union by name, it’s not like the free movement of labour like the European Union.

    Black Guyanese get treated like garbage when arriving at international airports in Trinidad, Barbados and St. Lucia.

    But when Guyana find oil, all of these countries want to come to Guyana to collect our oil.

    Trump has polarized the world with his nationalist racism, that if white America and affluent Trinidad treat Guyanese like garbage before oil, then why are we opening ourselves with welcoming arms to these countries who are now suddenly friends with Guyana for oil?

    Speaking of jobs in Guyana, wages are also lower in Guyana compared to North America and EU. Your pension in Guyana is about $25,000 a month, and if you suffer from stroke or at risk of a heart attack, medical care is inefficient at public hospital, but at private hospitals you will have to pay over G$400,000 for life-saving treatment.

    When rain falls in GT, the city floods severely because those foreigners who constructed those 6 to 10 story buildings along Camp Street, Robb Street and Regent street failed to construct proper drainage.

    Wages in Trinidad are a bit higher than Guyana, but regardless, if you’re living working class in Canada, USA, or Europe, you’re better off there than in Guyana currently.

    You’ll have to wait at least 10 years of oil to see whether Guyana will change for the better.

  • Al  On 02/06/2018 at 3:49 am

    Well said.

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