The function of drivers/ security and cleaning in Myanmar is to provide the aforementioned services to either individuals, or companies. Whether it be in the public or private sector, there is an increasing demand for such services especially as there are so many foreigners working for corporations and NGO’s. The job of a driver will be different to those of security or cleaners but many of the fundamentals remain the same. People are looking for someone that they can trust and rely on to undertake these tasks.
A driver may work in various capacities, whether it be for an individual, on behalf of a hotel or company, or to take tourists to destinations. Security may be watching an office, apartment block or standing at the door of a bar. A cleaner may be working for an individual, in an office or in a hotel. In all cases, there may be more than one employer. The driver/ security/ cleaning function in Myanmar is required throughout the land. Whether it be in Yangon or
the Rakhine State, there is always a requirement for this function. In the Rhakine State, especially in the coastal area popular with tourists.
The beauty of these jobs is that the allow both time and locational flexibility, meaning that people in the function of driver/ security/ cleaning can also look after their families or businesses whilst earning some extra cash. To be excellent in these roles, having some english is an advantage, as well as consideration for the employers safety.
Myanmar is going through a time of economic growth, and as a result some are able to afford a driver/ security or cleaners, meaning there are many opportunities. To acquire any of these roles, a significant amount of education is not required, but experience helps as much work may come through recommendations. People and companies are looking for someone who is reliable, diligent and detailed. Within the function, extra skills are always an asset. For example, a cleaner who can speak some English and knows how to cook, a driver who has a licence for larger vehicles, or a security employee who also has a marshall arts background.
Career progression is possible in all of these roles as the positions are flexible allowing for employees to simultaneously pursue studies and other interests. Another option is to work for companies which provide such services, and earn a reputation, meaning that more responsibility will be bestowed, opening up opportunities to learn new skills.
Another possibility is for a reputable cleaner/ driver or security worker to start their own company once that have obtained various clients and the work is too much for them.
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