Which Job in Pakistan is More Attractive, Government or Private?

Which Job in Pakistan is More Attractive,

Pakistan is one of the countries where the majority of the population is youth. And the discussion of jobs for employment is an ongoing process.

Imran Khan, the current leader of the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), also promised 10 million new jobs to the people in his election campaign, which was well received by the youth. But recently, the Prime Minister of Pakistan seems to be elaborating further on these statements, as he said in a statement that government jobs are a path to disaster and do not expose your capabilities.


Even before this, many government officials have said that the government's job is not to provide jobs but to create an environment for their availability and the government is working on projects that will create jobs in the country.


But at the same time, the government has eliminated many government posts and increased the salaries of existing employees only after a major protest in the federal capital in recent days.

The general impression is that government jobs in Pakistan are more durable, easy, privileged, and influential, while there is no guarantee that private employment will last, there is more work to be done and no government benefits.


Probably a factor as to why they're doing so poorly in government departments.

When it comes to jobs above grade 17, in Punjab alone, two to two and a half lakh youth take the Punjab Public Service Examination every year, out of which only three to three and a half hundred succeed in securing these posts.

There are also many instances where people want to leave private jobs and get government jobs.


According to the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics, the federal government alone can employ 663,000 employees


Comfort only in government service


Ali Abbas (pseudonym), a journalist from Lahore, recently applied for the post of computer operator in a government agency.


When asked why he was doing this, he replied, "I don't know if the media job will last in the evening or the morning and the other private sector. The economic situation in the country is the same." Not hidden from anyone, companies are closing down here. So I know how to operate a computer, so I applied for this post. If this job is found then life will be calm. There will be a guarantee of employment and then there will be a retirement plan, and what is needed?


Ali Abbas is not the only one who thinks so. According to economist Dr. Qais Aslam, a large section of the population supports this idea and the main reason for this is the country's economic situation as well as the colonial mindset.

"However, the government salary is not high enough to be paid." Even so, owning one is still beyond the reach of the average person. And I have no qualms about saying that this is where corruption and bribery begin.


According to him, "People don't see how much a government job pays because they have in mind that the above income will also come and not only that but also socially strengthens the family in which someone has a home." Be a government employee. Be it a policeman or a Patwari, he is capable of solving not only his problems but also those of other places. And if you are a clerk, then you are a gold digger, then in a country like Pakistan, there is no peace.

According to the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics, the federal government alone can employ 663,000 employees, of whom 585,000 have been recruited.

Attractive private-sector jobs in Pakistan also have their own story


The statistics of the governments of the four provinces and Gilgit-Baltistan are different. Ninety-five percent of these employees are in grades one to sixteen and five percent are in grades seventeen to twenty-two. In Pakistan, government jobs above 17th grade are considered attractive.


How attractive is the private sector?


Noman Aqil is a Lahore resident who passed the Punjab Civil Service Commission exam in 2015 and got a 17th-grade government job. But within three years, he quit his job.


Commenting on the decision, Noman Aqil said, "It was not my job. If you are a very honest person, then a government job in Pakistan is probably not your job. Even if you are an officer, your creativity cannot be more than a clerk.


"I didn't see anything in it except a salary and a fixed job, and then working among people whose mental level is higher than making money, so I quit that job and Focus on your Ph.D. I will do some kind of research work related to my education.


According to the factbook of the CIA, the number of people employed in Pakistan is more than 50 million. Of these, 43% are in the agricultural sector. Twenty percent are working in factories in one way or another, while 36 percent are in the services sector.


Attractive private-sector jobs in Pakistan also have their own story. Where no company is equal to being a candidate for an executive position compared to a 17th-grade government job. While government employees think that the salaries of the private sector are more attractive than them.

Dr. Qais says information technology and artificial intelligence will be the biggest enemies of jobs soon.


Dr. Qais looks at it from another angle: "If you look at the middle class and the lower middle class in both fields, their situation is almost the same." Where in the corporate sector in Pakistan do employees have the rights that are of international standard, salaries are a bit higher because there is no job security.


He says low-paid government employees cover it with higher incomes and their salaries increase almost every year, while the private sector is deprived of such benefits. As long as you don't provide social security in both areas, you will at least make a difference in the distribution and distribution of unequal wealth. This debate will continue.


The Enemy of Technology Employees


Dr. Qais says that soon, information technology and artificial intelligence will be the biggest enemies of jobs, whether in the public sector or the private sector.

"Because the combined use of the two will further reduce the need for manpower in the future." Therefore, the government should provide an environment for people to do private business and give priority to improving their skills. Besides, I do not see any way forward.