People who are working in multiple jobs have become a new phenomenon that spreads in Iraq due to the economic situations.
The phenomenon might have been there in the past, however, it spread over the past few years due to soaring prices and the daily requirements.
Muzahim al-Hosni, economic expert, said around one third of Iraqis could be considered of the poor class. There has become rivalry between them and the middle class, which also seeks fulfilling their requirements.
The low incomes, according to Hosni, does not fulfill the citizen’s need of food, clothes, medical care and housing, especially for those working in the private sector with low income and those who don’t have contracts yet.
Adil Omran, 30, who works as per a contract with the Ministry of Municipalities in cleaning streets, said “I get 440,000 Dinars [US$330] monthly. It’s not enough for paying the house rent or my family spending. Thus, I work after ending my shift in a car showroom until midnight.”
He went on saying, “I no longer feel alive. Everyday I go to work. I don’t spend time with my family until at the end of the week. However, I have to fulfill the needs of my family because the prices are soaring and the income is low.”
There’s no difference with Sami Hussein, 41, who works in the morning in his office and also works after ending his shift.
“Having job has become very hard. Unemployment is on the rise, while jobs are declining, especially after thousands of factories stopped in 2003,” he said.
“I’m not an employee to get a salary that could be enough until the end of the month. Thus, I work more than one job to afford my family’s spending of food, clothes, medical care, water and electricity.”
In a report, the Central Organization for Statistics said unemployment among youth between the age of 15-29 years old in 2018 reached 22.6 percent, adding that the rate among males reached 18.1 percent, compared to 56.3 percent among females.
The report also added that the youth participation rate within the workforce reached 36.1 percent.
In May 2018, the International Monetary Fund said the unemployment among youth in Iraq reached more than 40 percent.
The state employees are not different. Some work after the official shifts as taxi drivers, at stores or other jobs.
The oil-rich country has been facing financial and economic crises that resulted in a budget deficit.
Several provinces have seen protests against the deteriorating services and growing unemployment.