Malawi government has expressed concern over the rising number of expatriates occupying jobs that locals can ably do.
Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Labour and Manpower, Patrick Kabambe said expatriates are occupying jobs that do not fall within their category.
“Expatriates are critical in rare skills , but most of the jobs they are occupying such as those in finance and human resources do not fall in that category.
“As a ministry we conduct routine inspections on work places but we need to look at the overall picture of the problem as there are a lot of actors in the issue of expatriates,” said Kabambe.
Chief Immigration Officer Hudson Mankhwala faulted some employers for not adhering to to conditions laid out in the employment guidelines.
According to Mankhwala, a company is allowed to retain up to five expatriates on key positions as in the cases of Chief Executive Officer and related posts.
“All other positions are to be occupied by locals except when a company applies for the same under which it shall be limited to initial three years and maximum of six,” he said.
He also admitted that authorities are facing challenges to regulate expatriates working in the country.
Mankhwala, however, said there is committee within the Ministry of Home Affairs and Internal Security-with representatives from Labour Ministry, Ministry of Trade and Malawi Investment Trade- that make recommendations on issuance of the work permits.
“”We usually have a lot of applications on the same on our table but be assured that the committee is doing its work well,” he claimed.