Unemployment Issues among Registered Jobseekers in Brunei Darussalam (2009)

This study on unemployment was conducted in collaboration with University of Brunei Darussalam (UBD). It identified the main reasons for unemployment among jobseekers registered with the Labour Department. The findings revealed a significant mismatch of career expectations and available employment. The jobseekers lacked adequate vocational skills, with high preference for white-collar public sector jobs, and they also lacked entrepreneurial interest.

Policy implications from the findings such as the need to expand Vocational Technical Education, address Mindset and Attitudes and the development of a more attractive and secure private sector employment market have been socialised to relevant Ministries and/or agencies and have been invaluable in assisting policy-making. In particular, the need to address MISMATCH and change MINDSET amongst Bruneians have been frequently cited and emphasised.

The study resulted in:

  • The organising of a job fair with walk-in job interviews and candidate screening by 16 companies in the private sector at Chancellor Hall, Universiti Brunei Darussalam, in February 2008.
  • Socialisation in the form of a CSPS Round-Table Session in collaboration with Asia Inc Forum in April 2009.
  • A CSPS Report in 2010.