The International Organization for Migration (IOM) and job portal bdjobs.com yesterday jointly launched a dedicated platform for overseas jobseekers and recruitment agencies to bring transparency and accountability in the hiring process.
Only government-authorised agencies will be able to post hiring announcement on the platform—Bdesh Jobs—and anyone can browse it through mobile application and web version (bdesh.bdjobs.com), said Fahim Mashroor, CEO of bdjobs.com.
He spoke at the launch programme held at the InterContinental Dhaka hotel.
Every year, about eight lakh Bangladeshis go abroad in search of jobs spending a handsome amount.
There are about 1,200 government-approved overseas recruitment agencies in Bangladesh and Bdesh Jobs will verify all the postings before placement. Sharon Dimanche, deputy head of mission of the IOM, said the initiative is expected to help jobseekers looking for reliable and safe ways to go abroad for a decent living.
Nasreen Jahan, joint secretary of the expatriates’ welfare and overseas employment ministry, said the government is very committed to bringing discipline to the overseas recruitment sector.
The ministry is trying its best to minimise the expense of foreign recruitment and is vigilant so that incidents of deception and cheating by unscrupulous recruitment agencies are strictly controlled, she said.
Salim Reza, director general of the Bureau of Manpower, Employment and Training, and Shameem Ahmed Chowdhury Noman, secretary general of the Bangladesh Association of International Recruiting Agencies, also spoke.