Mozambique hires more than 17,000 foreign workers in 2014

9 January 2015

In 2014 Mozambique hired a total of 17,330 foreign nationals, 8 percent less than in the previous year, to work in various companies and development projects, according to Ministry of Labour figures.

The data released showed that of that total, 8,842 workers were admitted directly, that is, through the quota established under the Labour Act, whilst another 3,401 expatriates were admitted to Mozambique as part of investment projects.

With regard to investment projects, there was an increase in the number of people hired outside the country, which reached 29.7 percent or an extra 777 workers over the previous year, Mozambican newspaper Notícias said.

The leading destinations for foreign citizens hired to work in Mozambique were mainly the city of Maputo (with 5,250 people hired), Maputo province with 3,047 foreigners hired, while Nampula employed 2,180 foreign citizens.

In terms of industries, non-financial services hired the most foreign workers in 2014, particularly in the first 11 months of the year, by employing 9,733 people, accounting for 56.2 percent of the total, followed by the construction sector with 2,948 workers, or 17 percent.

Portugal headed the list of sources of foreign workers last year, by providing 3,709 citizens (21.4 percent), followed by South Africa, which accounted for 2,859 workers requesting licenses to work in Mozambique, also in various companies and industries.

The other countries that sent most people to work in Mozambique were India, with 1,993 workers and China, which sent a total of 1,698 people to work for various companies. (macauhub/CN/MZ/PT)