Job Agreement Policy: A Curse for Textile Engineers
Merchandiser at Fashion Xpress Buying House.
Badda, Dhaka, Bangladesh.
Ready made garments sector of Bangladesh earns too much reputation from the foreign buyers due to its strong ability to provide higher quality product with lower price than other garments manufacturing countries. As a result this sector is growing day by day. But this sector is now facing a lack of skilled engineers to provide strong support for fulfilling the buyers demand. According to an online English news portal named “Textile Tribune” has published a joined research report recently, where they mentioned that, RMG sector faces a lacking of 1 lakh 11 thousand engineers right now and it will raise 1 lakh 89 thousands in 2020-2021 economic years. Though its a positive sign for the upcoming textile engineers, but the main problem for them is “Job Agreement Policy”.
What is Job agreement policy?
A job agreement policy is an agreement which is done between the company and employee by mentioning salary, job title, date of payments and number of years that the persons must provide servicing in the company. This agreement period range is 2-5years, which can vary from company to company. Some company fixed for 2yeras, some are at 3yeras and rest of those are for 5years. Still there are many reputed companies who don’t apply the job agreement policy for the freshers.
Job agreement policy from the companies point of view:
Before preparing this article, I have discussed about the job agreement policy with a few admin GM from several reputed companies. They all are presented two reasons. Where one is related with another one. The first reason mentioned by them is that, “Maximum fresh textile engineers” have a tendency to join in a job, gain something from there, left the company and again join in another company”. This tendency is too harmful for the every companies.
The second reason is that, when a fresh textile engineer is recruited at the job, he is zero. whatever he has achieved from the academic books, those all are basic, not the practical one. As a result, the engineers must have to trained up in its right way for 3-6months. During training period, the company can’t get any service from the fresh textile engineers, though he has received full support from the company. As a result, they have applied this policy so that, the company can properly utilize those fresh textile engineers in the companies right position for the next 3-5years.
Job agreement policy from the textile engineers point of view:
I heard one sentence above thousand times from the different non-technical persons is that “Without experience you are zero in textile sector whatever you are a universities topper textile graduate or a universities lower graded textile graduate.”
I also heard another sentence from the persons related with textile and garments manufacturing sector is that “Change the company, increase the amount of salary”. Also seen so many proofs from the previous sentence and finally I believed that the sentence is 99% correct.
Its also so correct for the fresh textile engineers is that, there are too tough to gain a bright job with bright salary in a reputed company at the initial stage of job life, where the person is just zero. In this situation, they are obliged to take a decision about joining in a company with very lower amount of salary. After that when they will gain enough experience from there, will shift in another company with bright position and salary. From here, gradually the person can achieved his desired target within a few years.
But if the above fresher have to face job agreement policy, then he/she can’t move easily from there. Ultimately his/her desired expectation can’t be fulfilled within a very short period of time as he/she has achieved during out of job agreement policy.
Now I want to share two life histories related with job agreement policy.
Our garments merchandising manager and his friend completed graduation from the same university. After that, his friend got a huge opportunity in a reputed company with 15000 salary and 5years job agreement, where 5000 will be added for yearly increment.
In that time, my boss joined in a company with a very lower salary (10000Tk) and without any extra opportunity as his friend, but the main thing is that, the job was agreement free.
Within 4years my boss is now a manager and earns about 65000Tk and his friend now a chief executive but salary is still under 40000Tk.
So, from the above discussion, I think its clear that, job agreement policy is very harmful for the upcoming textile engineers.