A-G: Fijians leave for better work

Attorney General and Minister for Economy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum at the Fiji Institute of Accountants 2022-2023 Pre-election consultation at the Sofitel Fiji Resort and Spa in Denarau Nadi. Picture: REINAL CHAND

A number of skilled Fijians have left the country because of the shortage of a skilled workforce in Australia and New Zealand. This was revealed by Minister for Economy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum while opening a school hall in Nadi over the weekend.

“Today we have had a number of teachers who have left Fiji because there is a shortage of teachers in Australia and New Zealand,” he said.

“There is a shortage of chefs, tradespeople in Australia and New Zealand.

“There is a shortage of accountants in particular in Australia.

“So you see many people leave. So from Government’s perspective, our goal is to see how we can make it even more attractive so that our people can stay here.”

He said this was one of the reasons Government continued to improve working conditions for civil servants.

“We have a whole lot of people leaving because there are better work conditions there or better pay.

“Then we will be left with a whole gap so this is why you will continue to see Government improving civil service terms and conditions, investing in our education sector, investing in our people and investing in the Fiji National University.

“Because very soon our children will end up in the university so we need to see what kind of courses we can offer them and what kind of career path we can give them.”

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