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Monday, 27 June 2016

Qatar HR News

Qatar's reliance on unskilled workers reduced

The percentage of unskilled labourers in Qatar has dropped to its lowest level in nearly seven years, in what state planners are saying is ‘promising’.
According to an extensive economic update, unskilled workers made up 19.6% of the non-Qatari labour force last year, down from 21.4% in 2014. In its report, the ministry said: “The country’s emphasis on infrastructure building has so far favoured lower skilled workers. “The bulk of foreign workers in Qatar do not have tertiary qualifications. “Promisingly, however, the share of semi-skilled workers hit a peak in 2015, while the share of unskilled workers stood at the lowest level since data collection began in 2008.”
26-Jun-16 Construction Week Compiled by www.GroupL.ae

Around 1.5 million workers covered under Wage Protection System so far

Qatar has brought most of the workers under Wage Protection System (WPS). Minister of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs H E Dr Issa bin Saad Al Jafali Al Nuaimi said yesterday that around 1.5 million workers, of the total 1.7 million in Qatar, have been covered under WPS so far. The system, launched in November last year, aims to ensure that all workers receive their salaries on time and no expatriate worker is left without a monthly income, and no illegal deductions from his wages are made.
22-Jun-16 Zawya Compiled by www.GroupL.ae

Oman HR News

Show us the money' say unpaid workers in Oman

Workers across Oman are facing serious salary delays with some waiting almost a year for wages. The hidden pay freeze is cutting across all sectors, with workers reporting salary delays in the health, the IT sector and in construction. Under Omani law, it is illegal to withhold a worker's salary for more than seven days after the due payment date falls. In the current economic downturn, many companies are feeling the squeeze, while others are blaming lack of government payments for their inability to pay up. Many workers are living off Iftar meals at mosques and find themselves unable to pay rent. Social workers say there has been a spike in the number of desperate people who, despite putting in the work, have been left penniless by their own employers. A Times of Oman investigation found that hundreds of workers at a hospital in Salalah, dozens of workers in an IT company in Muscat and dozens of workers in a construction company in Ibri are struggling to make ends meet as they have not been paid for at least five months.
21-Jun-16 Zawya Compiled by www.GroupL.ae

Five sectors at centre of Oman's five-year job creation drive

Manufacturing, logistics, tourism, fisheries and the mining sectors, will be the core receivers of Oman’s investments in the coming five years, Talal Al Rahbi, deputy secretary general of the Supreme Council for Planning told the Times of Oman (TOO). Al Rahbi added that the Council will conduct joint workshops with private sector representatives for two weeks between September and October. The seminars will cover details and decide on responsibilities, resources, and the financial allocation for implementation, the timetable for implementation and accurate measurement indicators.
21-Jun-16 Times of Oman Compiled by www.GroupL.ae

Monday, 20 June 2016

Skill Development HR News

India, Switzerland enhance cooperation in skill development

India and Switzerland today signed an agreement to establish formal cooperation in the fields of skills development and vocational and professional education and training. The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed in Winterthur between State Secretary Mauro Dell' Ambrogio and Union Minister for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Rajiv Pratap Rudy. "With the signing of this agreement, the two countries intend to complement the existing commitment of Swiss and  Indian players to professional skills development and vocational and professional education and training. 
22-Jun-16 Economic Times Compiled by www.GroupL.ae

Labourers’ free training starts

Over half a million blue collar workers in Dubai are to benefit from free-of-charge training that has already commenced, led by the Permanent Committee for Labour Affairs in Dubai (PCLA) highlighting their rights, dues, occupational health and safety. The programme, which commenced from last week, will be conducted in three phases running beyond 2018. “The courses will be held at the labourer’s accommodation for workers, and it will be held after 7 pm. “Each session will last for 45 minutes, and it will be conducted in English, Arabic and Urdu,” said Major General Obaid Muhair Bin Surour, who is also the Deputy Director General of the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA-Dubai), adding that workers will be given certificates of participation at the end of the course. He said the training sessions are divided into three main subjects: One course will be explaining the labour law such as contract, its terms and conditions. The second course will be on the culture of the country and the proper social manners. The third will deal with occupational health and safety.
21-Jun-16 Gulf Today Compiled by www.GroupL.ae

KSA plans to raise jobs in mining to 90,000 by 2020

The Kingdom will enhance strategic partnerships with major national companies to rehabilitate the national cadres in various sectors, including mining. The state-owned Technical and Vocational Training Corporation (TVTC) discussed the issue with the Saudi Arabian Mining Company "Ma'aden" to provide Saudi youth training in the field of mining. The scheme aims to increase the number of jobs in this sector to 90,000 by 2020 that would also raise its contribution to the GDP to SR97 billion, said a TVTC official.
20-Jun-16 Zawya Compiled by www.GroupL.ae

JCCI vows to prepare young Saudis for jobs in vegetable market

The Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry will offer training programs for Saudis who wish to work in the vegetable market. JCCI’s Fruit and Vegetables Committee member Jabbar Al-Bishi said the head of the chamber Saleh Kamil met with a number of vegetable traders to discuss how the vegetable market could be saudized. He added that following the meeting, the JCCI decided to offer training programs for Saudis to prepare them for work in the vegetable market.He said the training programs will prepare Saudis to work in open vegetable markets as well as retail food stores. “The chamber will train a batch of 100 young Saudi men and give them attractive salaries to motivate them to work in the field. The first batch will pave the way for many more batches. The program will have a duration of three months,” said Al-Bishi.
12-Jun-16 Saudi Gazette
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Test made mandatory for new expat engineers

The Saudi Council of Engineers (SCE) has decided to make it mandatory that all newly recruited foreign engineers should sit for a test and attend a personal interview. “The council also decided to put a condition that foreign engineers should have a minimum of three years’ experience to get employed in the Kingdom. We have taken this decision after finding 1,200 foreign engineers without experience,” Jamil Al-Bagawi, chief of the SCE was quoted by Makkah daily as saying. Al-Bagawi said these 1,200 newly graduated foreign engineers are employed here while 450 experienced Saudi engineers stay out of work seeking jobs.
09-Jun-16 Saudi Gazette Compiled by www.GroupL.ae

Jobs - HR News

UAE industries hiring today: new job index

Employment across the region continues to slow down in May but certain sectors are still looking for new staff. 
Job creation in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region continued to slow down in May 2016, reflecting the tightening of labour market conditions amid a low oil price environment and global economic uncertainty, a new report showed. However, new employment opportunities are still being offered by some companies in certain industries. Based on the hiring data compiled by Monster.com, there are hardly any new jobs available in industries like banking, financial services and insurance, where online recruitment dropped by 12 per cent in May from the same period in 2015. 
Hiring in oil and gas companies also remained sluggish, posting an 18 per cent decline. The hospitality industry registered the biggest decline at 32 per cent.
On the bright side, the healthcare sector continued to lead the charge in job creation in the UAE, registering a 34 per cent year-on-year growth. 
Businesses in the consumer goods, food,  home appliance, garments, textiles, leather, gems and jewellery also showed a big appetite for recruitment, which went up by 29 per cent.
Companies in the retail, trade and logistics are also worth looking into, with online job postings in the industry rising by 28 per cent.
Candidates that are in demand are healthcare professionals, as well as those with qualifications and experience in sales and business development and engineering and production.
26-Jun-16 Gulf News Compiled by www.GroupL.ae

Saudi eyes 2,000 jobs for car accident assessors

Saudi Arabia is reportedly planning to create 2,000 jobs for nationals as cost accessors of vehicles damaged in accidents by the end of 2017. Arab News cited a local publication as saying the assessors would be trained by a British non-profit Thatcham Center from the fourth quarter of the year. The Saudi Authority for Accredited Valuers (Taqeem) initiative will work with the national traffic department to create an electronic system linked with government and private agencies and reduce waiting times for clients.
22-Jun-16 Gulf Business Compiled by www.GroupL.ae

Job opportunities increase in UAE, Bahrain

“Slow global economic recovery, cheap oil and regional instability have adversely hit the GCC economic and business confidence; while Bahrain and UAE continue to exhibit growth in hiring at a moderate pace, e-recruitment activity in the region slipped 17 per cent below the corresponding period a year-ago,” said Sanjay Modi, Managing Director – APAC and Middle East, Monster.com. In the UAE this month, healthcare is leading the industry growth charts, with a 34 per cent growth in online job posts year-on-year. At the same time, healthcare is also the most in-demand job role, growing at 35 per cent.
The second best performing industry in the UAE is Consumer Goods/FMCG, Food & Packaged Food, Home Appliance, Garments/Textiles/Leather, Gems & Jewellery, with 29 per cent growth in online job posts. Although registering one of the steepest declines among the industry sectors monitored by the Index, Retail/Trade and Logistics follows with a growth of 28 per cent in job opportunities posted online year on year to May 2016. The outlook is the gloomy for BFSI, with the industry exhibiting a negative drop of 12 per cent; while Hospitality sector plunges the most, with online recruitment activity registering a negative 32 per cent growth in May 2016 as compared to the previous year.
22-Jun-16 CPI Financial Compiled by www.GroupL.ae

Jumeirah Group appoints new Mina A’Salam general manager

Jumeirah Group has appointed Andy Cuthbert as general manager of the Mina A’Salam at Madinat Jumeirah, the Dubai-based luxury hotel company announced. Cuthbert will also continue his current role as currently general manager of conference and events at Madinat Jumeirah and Jumeirah Hospitality. The Australian has more than 30 years of experience in the hospitality and catering industry.
20-Jun-16 Arabian Business Compiled by www.GroupL.ae

Emirates to recruit more than 700 pilots in 2016

Emirates will recruit more than 700 pilots in 2016 to keep up with the demand of operating its expanding fleet. Emirates has more than 1,400 pilots on its A380 fleet and more than 2,500 pilots on the Boeing 777 fleet, and expects to recruit more than 700 more pilots this year, much higher than the 500 predicted by Gary Chapman earlier in 2016.
20-Jun-16 Arabian Business Compiled by www.GroupL.ae

KSA plans to raise jobs in mining to 90,000 by 2020

The Kingdom will enhance strategic partnerships with major national companies to rehabilitate the national cadres in various sectors, including mining. The state-owned Technical and Vocational Training Corporation (TVTC) discussed the issue with the Saudi Arabian Mining Company "Ma'aden" to provide Saudi youth training in the field of mining. The scheme aims to increase the number of jobs in this sector to 90,000 by 2020 that would also raise its contribution to the GDP to SR97 billion, said a TVTC official.
20-Jun-16 Zawya Compiled by www.GroupL.ae

Another Dubai medical group raises job scam alert

After a UAE based medical group reported a job scam targeting top doctors last month, another medical entity has come forward with the same claims. The Dubai London Clinic has said that fraudulent job offers were being sent out to medical professionals using the name of the clinic. Scammers are sending out professionally designed job offer letters asking 'potential candidates' to pay Dh5,000 as visa processing fee in exchange for a salary package of anywhere between Dh35,000 to 50,000 plus a wide range of benefits. 
06-Jun-16 Khaleej Times
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Ralph Lauren to cut about 1,000 jobs, shut shops

Ralph Lauren Corp is cutting about 1,000 jobs and closing 50 stores as part of a sweeping plan to lower costs and revive sales growth at the luxury fashion brand. The jobs being eliminated represent about 8 percent of the company's full-time jobs, spokesman Ryan Lally told Reuters.
07-Jun-16 Khaleej Times Compiled by www.GroupL.ae

Oman Airports Management Company agreement to create 500 new jobs

Passengers should receive better services and 500 jobs could be created with the awarding of a ground handling contract by Oman Airports Management Company (OAMC). Bosses at the company – in charge of the existing and the new Muscat International Airport project, have signed a strategic contract with Swissport International and an Oman Air and Menzies Aviation joint venture (JV). The contract will see Swissport, Oman Air and Menzies provide ground handling services at both the old and new Muscat International Airport for a decade, beginning from January 2017, which will also result in 500 jobs.
07-Jun-16 Times of Oman Compiled by www.GroupL.ae

Uber to create 100,000 jobs in Saudi Arabia

Uber Technologies Inc, the American multinational online transportation network company, has announced that it will provide more than 100,000 job opportunities in the Kingdom in the coming years. The company said that the number of taxi drivers it currently employs exceeds 9,000 in the Kingdom, the Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper said, quoting a company source, on Sunday. Thousand of drivers will join its fleet in the Kingdom every month, said the source while referring to the recent announcement by Saudi state’s Public Investment Fund (PIF) to invest $3.5 billion in Uber.
07-Jun-16 Albawaba Compiled by www.GroupL.ae

Almarai’s new five-year plan aims at SAR14.5 billion capex, 4,500 jobs

Saudi dairy giant Almarai said on Thursday (June 9) that its board of directors has approved a new version of the company’s five-year business plan, which will cover the period from 2017 to 2021. The new plan reflects the recent global and regional economic developments, as well as the implications of the Saudi Arabia Vision 2030 programme, Almarai said in a stock exchange filing. The company also plans create 4,500 jobs for Saudi nationals, out of which 20 per cent will be for females, during the five-year period.
09-Jun-16 AME Info Compiled by www.GroupL.ae

Anantara gave jobs to more than 70 Omanis ahead of launch

Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar has employed over 70 local Omani nationals to make up the pre-opening team, the resort said in a statement. “Set to be the highest five-star resort in the Middle East, Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar aims to employ over 95 Omani employees in the coming years, which will represent 35 per cent of the 291-strong team,” the statement added.
12-Jun-16 Times of Oman Compiled by www.GroupL.ae

Dubai Parks hires 744; seeks more

Dubai Parks and Resorts, set to become the Middle East's largest integrated theme park destination on its opening in October this year, has announced that it has appointed 744 Emirati employees since the launch of its ambitious Emiratisation programme which aims to hire 1,000 UAE nationals. Dubai Parks and Resorts set out an ambitious Emiratisation plan last year to recruit 1,000 Emiratis.
15-Jun-16 Emirates 247 Compiled by www.GroupL.ae

Job insecurity on the rise for region's hoteliers

A higher percentage of hoteliers are expressing sentiments of job insecurity compared to last year, in light of the current geopolitical and economic situation. In the 2015 edition of the Hotelier Middle East Salary Survey, 23.8% of participants said they felt less secure than they did 12 months ago. This year, 38.8% expressed the same. Sources have told Hotelier that the job market isn’t conducive to new opportunities at the moment, while others have reported pay freezes in their companies.
16-Jun-16 Hotelier Middle East Compiled by www.GroupL.ae

UAE recruiter warns of 'mass exodus' of expats due to high costs, lack of jobs

Cost of living increases and an uncertain jobs market could see a “mass exodus” of expats from the UAE, said a recruitment expert. The fallout from the oil price slump means some expats can no longer afford to live in the emirates, Trefor Murphy, MENA managing director for recruitment consultancy Morgan McKinley told The National. “Starting with oil and gas, then banking and financial services, in general, recruitment has seen bit of a dive. If you lose a job in these sectors at the moment, it is more difficult to get new work.
19-Jun-16 Arabian Busines Compiled by www.GroupL.ae

Jumeirah Restaurant Group announces redundancies

Homegrown restaurant management company Jumeirah Restaurant Group (JRG Dubai) made a number of redundancies last week, including at least one director level position. The news follows the closure on June 5 of one of the company's restaurant's, Rivington Grill in Souk Al Bahar, which had been operating for eight years. 
20-Jun-16 Arabian Business Compiled by www.GroupL.ae


Oman, GCC countries must encourage expat labour mobility

Oman and its five economic partners in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) must remove obstacles for expatriate workers and allow them to move freely to transfer their skills and boost business growth.
At the moment, expat workers face problems when they want to move from one GCC state to another. Each country has its own laws and restrictions imposed on migration. One of the biggest obstacles is for expats, who wish to transfer their business investments or open a branch in another GCC country. Expat workers also face barriers when their sponsors want to transfer them to another GCC country because labour rules are not compatible.
Oman and its GCC partners need to encourage workers to move to where they can find jobs or set up trade. Expats also find it baffling when their qualifications are only recognised in some GCC countries, but rejected by the rest. For Oman and the GCC to become a true single market, labour requirements must be standardised for non-nationals. GCC nationals enjoy all the job and investment facilities available in each other’s countries. However, the same facilities are out of reach for resident expatriates.
25-Jun-16 Times of Oman Compiled by www.GroupL.ae

Employees in Dubai’s free zones to have unified labour contract

Employees in all the free zones of Dubai will have a unified employment contract under a new proposal discussed by a higher body. Chaired by Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Free Zone (DFZ) Council, the meeting debated unifying of labour contracts for workers in these hubs in accordance with the labour laws of the UAE. Sheikh Ahmed directed the Council members to put together a sample contract for working within the free zone areas. Starting January 1, 2016, the UAE implemented new labour contract that standardises employment terms.
22-Jun-16 Emirates 247 Compiled by www.GroupL.ae

Qatar tells India new labour reforms will improve life for its workers

Qatar has reassured India that labour reforms will improve the conditions of more than half a million Indian migrants, after Prime Minister Narendra Modi raised concerns of abuses during a weekend visit to the Gulf state, a statement said on Monday. Qatar is home to 630,000 Indian nationals, the single largest group of migrants in the country of 2 million. Many work in low paid construction jobs, building stadiums and other infrastructure for the 2022 World Cup.
07-Jun-16 Arabian Business
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Cheap oil binges on job cuts

The oil price rout since mid-2014 has cost many their jobs in the oil and gas industry worldwide. The latest figures from a lobby group in the UK reveals that the country’s industry will shed 120,000 jobs by end of the year. The major economies in the oil-hit Middle East region also have seen mass lay-offs. Several local and international banks in the UAE also collectively slashed 1,100 jobs since November last year. In Qatar, state-controlled firms such as Qatar Petroleum and Qatar Rail have laid off staff. The Doha-based Al Jazeera media network announced in March that it was cutting 500 jobs. Reduced government spending and slowing economic growth with a grim outlook have forced both governmental agencies and private firms to undertake several cost-optimisation, measures including a reduction in headcount. However, experts say this is not the time to fire employees despite hardships and fiscal challenges.
12-Jun-16 AME Info
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ME jobs: UAE tops region with most listed vacancies

The UAE is offering the maximum number of jobs to candidates in the Middle East region. The latest Monster employment index for April 2016, showed the UAE exhibited the most positive employment growth among its neighbouring countries, with hiring activity growing at 18 per cent in April 2016 as compared to the same period a year ago. Bahrain was second on the list with a modest 5 percent year-on-year growth. While the growth momentum eased further in UAE from 24 percent in March 2016, Bahrain recorded a positive annual growth following negative growth rates since November 2015.
12-Jun-16 Emirates 247
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Oman sees decrease in expatriates working in managerial positions

Oman has seen a decrease in expatriates working as managers in the private sector, according to data released by the National Centre for Statistics and Information (NCSI). The decrease is seemingly related to Oman’s push to afford better job opportunities for nationals, as unemployment has risen due to the slump in oil prices. A three per cent drop in the number of expatriate managers has been recorded in the first half of 2016.
13-Jun-16 Gulf News
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‘Nepotism’ report causes furore in Oman

A major controversy has erupted in Oman after a local newspaper accused a high-profile minister of nepotism in a news report. A number of top officials in the government were named by Azamn newspaper for having used their personal position and influence to employ their own children as well as those of senior officials in government departments. The alleged revelation caused furore on social media, with hashtags being launched in criticism of the ‘wasta’ trend which refers to abuse of positions of power and influence.
14-Jun-16 Gulf News
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Saudi HR News

‘Best-paying jobs for Saudi’

As the Ministry of Labor and Social Development continues to implement the directive of Saudizing mobile phone sales and maintenance jobs, telecom complexes across the Kingdom have complied with the drive by urging shops to hang signs that say ‘Best-paying jobs for Saudi nationals’. Managers of shopping complexes have shown commitment to social responsibility by nationalizing telecommunication jobs and placing their trust in Saudi men and women to run mobile business as well as cooperating with various sectors and government agencies, a ministry press statement said on Wednesday. It is expected that 30,000 jobs for Saudi nationals will be available in the telecom sector in the light of wide-range support from the ministry and its affiliates that provided apprenticeship.
23-Jun-16 Saudi Gazette Compiled by www.GroupL.ae

Indians dominate Saudi pvt. sector workforce

As many as 2.2 million Indian nationals, representing about 20 percent, are employed by the private sector in Saudi Arabia topping all other nationalities working in this sector especially those from the sub-continent, local daily Al-Madina reported on Tuesday quoting official figures released by the Ministry of Labor and Social Development. According to the ministry, 1.8 million Pakistanis, 1 million Egyptians, 0.45 million Filipinos, made up a bulk of the workforce. 
22-Jun-16 Saudi Gazette Compiled by www.GroupL.ae

KSA plans to raise jobs in mining to 90,000 by 2020

The Kingdom will enhance strategic partnerships with major national companies to rehabilitate the national cadres in various sectors, including mining. The state-owned Technical and Vocational Training Corporation (TVTC) discussed the issue with the Saudi Arabian Mining Company "Ma'aden" to provide Saudi youth training in the field of mining. The scheme aims to increase the number of jobs in this sector to 90,000 by 2020 that would also raise its contribution to the GDP to SR97 billion, said a TVTC official.
20-Jun-16 Zawya Compiled by www.GroupL.ae

Saudi labour minister reassures expatriate workers

There is "no strategic target" in place to reduce the number of expats in the kingdom, Saudi Arabia's labour minister reportedly said. Minister of Labour and Social Development, Dr Mufrej Al Haqbani, said up to 9 million expats work in the kingdom. Haqbani, according to BNA, was speaking at the launch of the National Transformation Programme, which includes the creation of 1.3 million jobs for Saudis in the years to come. 
11-Jun-16 Construction Week
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Saudi Arabia puts focus on jobs firmly at heart of reforms

Saudi Arabia plans to spend billions of riyals on technical training and other initiatives to boost the number of its citizens in private sector jobs, an economic reform plan released on Monday showed. The world's top oil exporter has been pushing labour reforms for years aimed at reducing the burden of employment on the state, but Monday's plans spelled out new details of how this might be achieved in a range of economic sectors.
07-Jun-16 Arabian Business
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Saudi Binladin pay delayed salaries to employees

The Saudi Binladin Group (SBG) has started paying employees their salaries which have been delayed by around five months. The payments, along with letters of termination, were made at the company's head office in Hamadaniyah district in east Jeddah, the Saudi Gazette reported. A number of the terminated workers said they will now, either, look for other jobs with new sponsors or depart for their respective homes.
06-Jun-16 Construction Week
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Movers - HR News

Dubai-based pay TV network OSN appoints new CEO

Dubai-based pay TV network OSN announced that it has appointed Martin Stewart as its new chief executive officer. Stewart replaces David Butorac, who served as OSN’s CEO from 2010. No reason was given for Butorac’s departure from the company. Previously director general of ONO, a Spanish broadband company, Stewart also earlier served as the chief financial officer for European entertainment company Sky.
13-Jun-16 Gulf Business
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ENOC group CEO appointed Gulf Energy Maritime chairman

The chief executive officer of Emirates National Oil Company (ENOC) Saif Humaid Al Falasi has been announced as the new chairman of shipping company Gulf Energy Maritime (GEM). The move comes in line with the GEM shareholders’ agreement, which stipulates that the chairmanship must rotate every three years between IPIC and ENOC – two of the company’s major shareholders.
13-Jun-16 Gulf Business
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BNP Paribas Middle East COO leaves amid global retrenchment

The Middle East COO of BNP Paribas has left his post amid a huge restructuring at the French bank that is expected to see up to 150 jobs lost in the region. Christophe Mukerjee, Bahrain-based COO for Middle East & Africa, is understood to have announced his departure in the past month and intends to return to France where he is from.
19-Jun-16Arabian Business
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Al Naboodah Construction CEO to step down

The long-serving CEO of the Dubai-based Al Naboodah Construction Group is to step down from July 1, 2016, the company has announced in a statement. After nearly 30 years of service with the company, Steve Lever has decided to step down to take on a strategic advisory role with the company. Al Naboodah’s current chief operating officer Colin Timmons has been appointed as his successor, the statement added.
20-Jun-16 ME Construction
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UAE salaries to rise 4.6% in 2017, down from 4.9% in 2016

New report says employees in Saudi, Qatar and Kuwait can expect higher wage hikes next year. Salaries in the United Arab Emirates are set to rise by an average of 4.6 per cent in 2017, down from an average increase of 4.9 per cent this year, according to a new report from advisory firm Willis Towers Watson. The reduction in the pay hike is a result of the shifting economic conditions globally and regionally, that has impacted pay and benefits, explained senior consultant and Data Services lead for the Middle East at Willis Towers Watson Laurent Leclère.
14-Jun-16   Gulf Business
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Abu Dhabi Plan aims to reduce Emirati unemployment by half

Plans to cut unemployment rates among UAE nationals by about half, increase Emiratisation in both public and semi-public sectors, and ensure nearly every child in the emirate is literate by 2020 are some of the measures under the Abu Dhabi Plan. 
15-Jun-16 The National
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