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Monday, 20 February 2017

The jobs of the future

The jobs of the future


While US President Donald Trump tries to bring jobs back to the US, the big question that is being asked is what would those jobs look like? President Trump is not the only ‘politician’ to be worried about jobs – in fact this is the mainstay of almost all election campaigns – Jobs, more jobs and even more jobs. But then why don’t these jobs ever really materialise?
Mechanisation has taken away more jobs from the US working classes than globalisation. But in the past with mechanisation, we were always able to adapt and create new avenues for ourselves. For example cars put horseshoe blacksmiths out of business – but they soon became mechanics. This times it’s a little different though.
This coming technology revolution will wipe out most of the middle class working population. Computers can and will continue to perform tasks cheaper than people and more efficiently too. This is already happening in the US and these people were the main supporters of President Trump’s election campaign. According to Oxford University, nearly 50% of all jobs will cease to exist in the 25 years, and no government is prepared.
Mechanisation and computerisation cannot be reversed. Economists across the board predict further job losses as AI, robotics and other technologies continue to be ushered in. So far however, the losses have been limited to blue collar workers. But with these innovations, we expect an impact on accountants, doctors, lawyers, financial analysts etc. During a conversation with a heavy hitting lawyer recently, the topic of jobs and skills came up. He expects to reduce the number of lawyers in his firm by 30% in the next 10 years!!
These repetitive and routine jobs will go to some form of a machine and wiped out for us. Jobs in the automobile, logistics and textile industries are in danger. As aggregator websites increase, middlemen and agents will be out of work. Low-level accountants, bookkeepers, tellers are just some of the other white collar jobs that are at risk.

So what jobs are going to be available in the future?
The 2013 Oxford University study says: “that as technology races ahead, low skill workers will reallocate to tasks that are not susceptible to computerisation – i.e., tasks requiring creative and social intelligence. For workers to win the race, however, they will have to acquire creative and social skills.”
Theoretical Physicist, Michio Kaku simplifies it further by saying that the jobs of the future will be jobs that robots or artificial intelligence cannot do, and there are still huge gaps in what a robot can do. Pattern recognition is one of their shortcomings. Robots have bad eyesight and cannot identify tables, cups, chairs or faces. Common sense is a big problem for AI – they don’t understand the simplest things about human behaviour or our world. They don’t know that water is wet or strings can pull but not push.   
So the jobs that will thrive in the future are non-repetitive jobs – garbage collectors, sanitation workers, gardeners, police, construction workers – every job is different. What about the white-collar jobs?
Workers who engage in intellectual capitalism will survive. A big phrase for simpler activities like creativity, imagination, leadership, analysis, writing scripts or books, science and exploration. For example, Tony Blair used to say that England derived more revenue from rock music than coal mining industry. We are moving from a commodity based capital, like coal, to an intellectual based capital like music.

How do we go from here to there?
The entry level jobs, whether done by blue or white collared people, are disappearing everywhere. The only way for governments to plan for long-term prosperity is by raising the education levels.
“Entry level jobs historically were the jobs everybody could have in manufacturing, like canneries and factories, but those jobs are gone. If you want to create jobs – which is what politicians talk about – you have to create new industries. And that’s what science does. The wealth we see around us today is a by-product of science,” says Michio Kaku. The world is experiencing the early stages of a shift towards a new era of technology and connectivity.
If you think about it, during the industrial revolution the richest people in the world were Andrew Carnegie (steel), Cornelius Vanderbilt (railroads & shipping), John D Rockefeller (oil) and JP Morgan (finance) – three of the top four were from industry. Today its Bill Gates (IT), Amancia Ortega (fashion), Warren Buffett (finance) and Jeff Bezos (IT) – two of them are by-products of science.
A solution being trialled is a universal basic income doled out by the government – a liveable fee paid to every resident/ citizen. This idea is gaining in popularity based on the premise that if the machines take all the jobs, we’ll need to delink work and wages. But this solution is against human nature - our need to work, to progress and be gratified. Without money, how would we measure our progress?
Another solution put forth by Art Bilger, venture capitalist and board member at Wharton School of Business, is to retool the education system to transfer into skills needed for the jobs of the future. Projects are being developed to retrain middle aged workers to participate in this new economy rather than be left behind. But all such plans are in the formative stages and we are a while away from them becoming mainstream.
The solution is probably in each individual’s hands. Everything is getting digitalised. Music was one of the first industries to do so, but education, medicine, transportation, retail and finance aren't too far behind. Companies and people who refuse to change will end up bankrupt. Each of us needs to understand and learn how best harness the power of automation and machines so that they complement our abilities. In twenty years, our work will not be evaluated on our quantitative skills or effort but on how well we were able to collaborate with robots or AI. Although the Technology Revolution will come with its share of challenges, like the Industrial Revolution, it will ultimately enable us to do our jobs better than before and solve problems that we can’t even fathom solving today.



Skills - HR News March 2017

Drive to upgrade skills of UAE’s expat workforce

Almost half of the country’s expatriate workforce will be made up of skilled workers by 2021 under new regulations announced at a meeting of the Federal National Council on Tuesday. Ministers were also told about new rules making it compulsory for overseas workers to present a good-conduct certificate from their home countries before they can work in the Emirates.
Saqr Ghobash, Minister of Human Resources and Emiratisation, told the council the ministry was working to boost the number of highly skilled workers, such as those who hold a diploma or above, to 40 per cent of the workforce. The ministry is also working on ways to increase production by the UAE’s non-oil sectors by 5 per cent a year. This is not possible if the workers’ skills are not elevated," Mr Ghobash said. "This is a challenge that shows to what extent the government is keen on shifting towards a competitive, knowledge-driven economy."
10-Jan-17
Compiled by www.GroupL.ae

Making on-job training get far more compelling

Whether it’s the latest technologies or more traditional methods, businesses must prioritise ongoing training and recognise its inherent value in engaging employees. What’s crucial is that learning opportunities are relevant and accessible — there’s no point in only giving senior employees access to collaboration platforms and on-demand training modules, if these stand to benefit all staff and improve performance. What new technologies like cloud-based tools and virtual reality do is make this democratic approach to learning easier than ever to implement.
18-Jan-17
Compiled by www.GroupL.ae

TVTC revokes licenses of training institutes for violating rules

The Technical and Vocational and Training Corporation (TVTC) granted 126 licenses to training facilities last year, of which 59 have been canceled due to various violations. The erring institutes committed violations by using unlicensed training programs, non-commitment to training regulations, hiring untrained trainers and lacking facilities.
20-Jan-17
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India to become hub of skilled manpower

EVEN a year after the launch of the ‘Skill India’ program, a lot of impetus is being given to it as the initiative aims at training the youth of the country in specific skills through which they can earn a livelihood and live with pride. A number of training universities, institutes and schools have mushroomed across the country and tied up with the state governments to enroll the maximum number of youth. So far, over 55 lakh people have received training and 23 lakh people have been employed. Over the last year, the number of training centers crossed the 3,000 mark and the government has tied up with around 250 training partners. The campaign’s vision is to train over 40 crore people by 2022 in different skills.
26-Jan-17
Compiled by www.GroupL.ae

Sheikh Mohammed oversees signing of collaboration agreement to train UAE job-seekers

The signing of this agreement arose from the need for better training for students to take on employment in the private sector. It aims to bring out their best capabilities and skills by providing support from governmental departments, from the start of their education and all the way through their eventual employment.
26-Jan-17
Compiled by www.GroupL.ae

Dubai Culture launches Cultural Tour Guide Programme

Dubai Culture & Arts Authority, the emirate's dedicated entity for culture, arts and heritage, has announced the launch of its Cultural Tour Guide programme in partnership with Yas Consulting and Training Company. The announcement follows success with the first group of 11 employees trained in the initiative, who were drawn from across the Authority’s numerous heritage sites including the recently unveiled Etihad Museum.
07-Feb-17
Compiled by www.GroupL.ae

Skill development book launched

" What You Never Learn in the University" a book authored by Khalfan bin Saif al-Tooqi has been launched under the patronage of Shaikh Khalid bin Omar Al Marhoon, Minister of Civil Service. The book contains 18 chapters and targets youth in the Arabian Gulf countries in particular. It specifically focuses on skills that young people need, in addition to the university degree or below, according to Oman News Agency (ONA).
06-Feb-17
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10,000 Saudi women get mobile phone repairing training

More than 10,000 Saudi women have received mobile phone repairing training to improve the employment chances of females, the media reported on Monday. The free training was provided by the Technical and Vocational Training. Cooperation to 10,769 female students studying at 19 colleges in different parts of the country, Xinhua news agency reported. A spokesperson for the cooperation said the training was part of a plan to localise jobs in the communication sector.
06-Feb-17
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Re-skilling, not recruitment, the new focus of IT majors

The landscape of the $150 billion Indian IT industry is changing, perhaps more quickly than ever+ , as companies hire fewer freshers due to automation of entry-level jobs. Most large IT services companies have been investing in automation of processes in their traditional businesses like business process outsourcing (BPO) and application and infrastructure management, which means fewer engineers will be required at the lower end of the pyramid. And with US President Donald Trump insisting that IT service providers to hire more US citizens at home, the need to send Indian experts abroad may reduce.
06-Feb-17
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Council for Tourism to boost Saudization

The Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTNH) and the Ministry of Labor and Social Development have agreed to create more jobs for Saudi men and women in the vital tourism sector. The agreement also envisages working out a legal and organizational framework for boosting seasonal and part time jobs for Saudis and hiring Saudi students to work during vacation and peak seasons in these jobs, and organizing training programs so as to enable Saudis to take up jobs in the tourism, heritage and hospitality sectors.
08-Feb-17
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IBM to train 25 million Africans for free to build workforce

International Business Machines (IBM) is ramping up its digital-skills training program to accommodate as many as 25 million Africans in the next five years, looking toward building a future workforce on the continent.
The US tech giant plans to make an initial investment of 945 million rand ($70 million) to roll out the training initiative in South Africa, a country where 31 per cent of 15-to-24 year-olds are unemployed, according to Statistics South Africa. At the same time, the programme will be started at IBM’s offices in Nigeria, Kenya, Morocco and Egypt, enabling an expansion of the project across the rest of the continent.
12-Feb-17
Compiled by www.GroupL.ae


GCC - HR News March 2017

Jobs in Saudi: Oil, gas sector witnesses 34% hike in online recruitment

The oil and gas sector in Saudi Arabia has witnessed 34 percent increase in online recruitment, which is indicative of a strengthening economy. However, with the supply cuts announced, this is not projected to rise further. As the Kingdom focuses on economic diversification, job opportunities in purchase, logistics and supply chain sector are likely to grow further in 2017.
10-Jan-17
Compiled by www.GroupL.ae

Omanisation in construction to drop to 10% in proposed law

Omanisation quotas for the construction sector could be slashed to 10 per cent for building trade if a new law proposed by Oman Society of Contractors (OSC) is approved by the government.

In the annual meeting of the society on Monday, Shahswar Al Balushi, CEO of OSC highlighted the framework of the law which proposes to cut mandatory Omanisation from 30 per cent to 10 per cent in 2017 in the construction sector, to relax stringent labour laws. “The 2017 budget shows expenditure for construction sector at OMR1.2 billion, a majority of which will be used to pay 2016 payments and dues, leaving very less for new projects,” he said.
10-Jan-17
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UAE said to start background security check on expat workers

The UAE is expected to soon commence background security checks on expatriate workers, according to a media report.

Addressing the Federal National Council (FNC) session on Tuesday, Saqr Ghobash Saeed Ghobash, Minister of Human Resources and Emiratisation, reportedly said conducting background security checks on foreign workers was approved by the cabinet in October 2016.
A panel comprising representatives of Interior Ministry, Foreign Affairs and Human Resources and Emiratisation has already been set up that will submit its findings to the cabinet in the next few weeks.
“We expect a cabinet decision to conduct security checks on all foreign workers will be issued soon,” Gulf News quoted the minister as saying.
11-Jan-17
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Qatar amends conditions: Job change now made easier for expats

The Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs (MADLSA) has amended some of the conditions for changing jobs by expatriates in Qatar, making the process simpler and widening the scope of potential beneficiaries.

Law No. 21 of 2015 on the Entry, Exit and Residency of Foreign Nationals that came into force on December 13, 2016, makes migrant workers who have completed the stipulated tenure with their current employers eligible for change of jobs. The regulations are meant for private-sector jobs in the country. A worker who wants to move to a new employer, has to notify his current employer through the link on the ministry's website.
15-Jan-17
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Omanisation: Private sector employs only 28 Omanis per 1,000 workers

Addressing Majlis Ash’shura, which hosted him on Sunday, Shaikh Abdullah bin Nasser al Bakri revealed that the private sector currently employs only 28 Omanis per 1,000 workers in this key sector.This glaring disparity underscores the need for concerted and collective efforts to boost Omanisation in the private sector, as well as encourage nations to compete for career opportunities in private firms, he stressed. Earlier, the Manpower Minister presented the ministry’s annual report to the Majlis, which focused on four main themes: (i) national manpower employment in the private sector from 2010 to 2016, (ii) enhancing manpower care through workplace inspections and amendments to labour regulations, (iii) technical education and vocational training, and (iv) e-linkages and the transition to e-government.
16-Jan-17
Compiled by www.GroupL.ae

Sheikh Mohammed oversees signing of collaboration agreement to train UAE job-seekers

The signing of this agreement arose from the need for better training for students to take on employment in the private sector. It aims to bring out their best capabilities and skills by providing support from governmental departments, from the start of their education and all the way through their eventual employment.
26-Jan-17
Compiled by www.GroupL.ae

Sayyid Fahd addresses Oman's expatriate issue

“Regulating recruitment of expat labour force and stopping its increase is a collective social responsibility that all sectors and institutes of the state are working for its success,” His Highness Sayyid Fahd bin Mahmoud Al Said, Deputy Prime Minister for the Council of Ministers, said at a Council of Ministers’ meeting yesterday. According to the National Centre for Statistics and Information (NCSI) latest data, there are around 2,081,257 expatriates residing in Oman and out of this 1,848,175 are working.

On Tuesday, an economic report compiled by the State Council was discussed, which includes a section about increasing fees for bringing expatriate manpower to the private sector.
25-Jan-17
Compiled by www.GroupL.ae

Expat workers face contract trap in Oman

More than 90 per cent of agreements to rent homes are for a minimum one year period in Oman. However austerity measures and falling oil prices have forced some companies in Oman to offer shorter employment contracts - some as short as six months, the report says. Though the workers requested to shorten rental leases, many landlords refuse to budge, say estate agents, lawyers and workers caught in the rent trap.
31-Jan-17
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Saudi labor ministry issues directive to prevent mass layoffs

Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Labor and Social Development will halt recruitment and sponsorship transfer services for firms that involve in mass sacking of Saudis. According to a directive issued by Labor and Social Development Minister Ali Al-Ghafis, only companies in dire financial state or those on verge of closure will be exempted from penalties. But any decision for mass sacking will be intimated to the concerned labor office two months before the date of enforcing it so as to avoid penal action.
31-Jan-17
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Abu Dhabi settles Dh13 million workers' entitlements cases

Abu Dhabi Judicial Department, through its mobile court, has recently completed the lodging of collective legal actions that involve around 1,700 workers, for the year 2016. The campaign launched by ADJD Human Rights Office in collaboration with the Ministry of Human Resources & Emiratization, and the Higher Corporation for Specialized Economic Zones targeted 50 thousand workers across four labor camps, and included organizing educational lectures and distributing pamphlets.
01-Feb-17
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Qatar MME urges labour accommodation improvement

Qatar’s Ministry of Municipality and Environment is urging all companies to move workers living in unsatisfactory labour camps located in farms, by the end of June, The Peninsula reported. The Ministry will force companies to relocate workers who are living in sub-standard accommodation, it has cautioned.
05-Feb-17
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One million foreign workers in Jordan estimated to be illegal

There are around 1.4 million guest workers in Jordan, a million of whom are illegal, Labour Ministry Spokesperson Mohammad Khatib said on Sunday, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported. By Sunday, the ministry has issued around 400,000 work permits, Khatib said, noting that the workers who have those permits make annual remittances of around $1.5 billion, which constitute half the remittances that come from Jordanians working abroad. Khatib said the ministry is preparing a plan to regulate the guest labour sector.
06-Feb-17
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Indian embassy warns over 'fake' UAE job offers

The Indian Embassy in the UAE has exposed five fake job offers in the past few months, cautioning people to be aware of lucrative job offers made by unscrupulous recruitment agents. Kapil Raj, Second Secretary (Passports, Education, Information and Culture), Embassy of India, Abu Dhabi, confirmed to Arabian Business that the embassy has unearthed more fake jobs in the past few months. “Though such cases have been reported in the past, the numbers have gone up. There are still gullible people back in India who get lured by lucrative job offers,” he said.
07-Feb-17
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Oman issues fresh regulation on part-time jobs

The Ministry of Manpower has repealed its 2015 decision on part-time work and issued a fresh regulation with an aim to better integrate part-timers into the job market as well boost the culture of part-time jobs. According to the decision, a part-time Omani worker may be employed where his daily working hours should not exceed more than four hours, and should not exceed 25 hours in a week. The old decision allowed part-timers to work for five hours and the weekly limit was not specified. The decision makes it clear that part-time work is open only to Omanis and at a minimum hourly wage of RO3, which remained unchanged from 2015. But the current decision has expanded by allowing those aged 15 to 18 to work part time, whereas earlier the age group was from 16 to 18.
07-Feb-17
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Saudi Labour Ministry to probe ad seeking to hire Indians only

The Ministry of Labor and Social Development said that it will open an investigation into an advertisement which asked only Indian nationals to apply for engineering jobs at a Saudi company.

The advertisement — which reportedly offered jobs in several companies in a number of Gulf countries, including the Kingdom — has angered Saudis who claimed it to be discriminatory.
14-Feb-17
Compiled by www.GroupL.ae

Jobs - HR News March 2017

Jobs in Saudi: Oil, gas sector witnesses 34% hike in online recruitment

The oil and gas sector in Saudi Arabia has witnessed 34 percent increase in online recruitment, which is indicative of a strengthening economy. However, with the supply cuts announced, this is not projected to rise further. As the Kingdom focuses on economic diversification, job opportunities in purchase, logistics and supply chain sector are likely to grow further in 2017.
10-Jan-17
Compiled by www.GroupL.ae

MEP Recruitment outlook 2017

Upcoming mega events like Expo 2020 in Dubai and the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar are expected to be a boon for the construction sector. More contracts will be out to tender as the clock ticks towards these two dates and this will lead to new job opportunities for MEP professionals. Beyond these two showpieces, what happens with oil price (with OPEC having recently agreed to cut production) will continue to play a major role in the outlook of GCC economies.
11-Jan-17
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OECD: India-UAE ranked world's second largest migration corridor in 2015

The migration of Indians to the UAE in 2015 has been ranked as the “second largest migration in the world”, according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

In its latest report, “Perspectives on global development 2017: International migration in a shifting world”, a 35-country economic organisation said nearly 2.8 million Indians have migrated to the UAE between 1995 and 2015, making it the top destination for Indians in the world.
Terming the trend as a “recent phenomenon”, the report said the number of Indian migrants to the UAE increased by 126 percent between 2005 and 2010.
Indians topped the list for the largest diaspora in the world with 15.6 million migrants in 2015, OECD said, adding 243 million people live outside their country of birth, accounting for 3.3 percent of the world's population.
The corridor between Mexico and the United States has been listed as the “largest” in terms of the volume of migrants (5.5 million in 2015).
17-Jan-17
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Dubai restaurant offers free lunch to job seekers

Jobseekers who can’t afford their lunch can drop by Nom Nom Asia Restaurant in Karama and Al Barsha any day of the week to get a combo lunch for free. They can choose a main dish plus noodles or rice, and water. The meal is free. But jobseekers who don’t want charity and wish to pay once they’re able, can do so, says a signboard in front of the restaurant.
17-Jan-17
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Security guards in Dubai to get better pay and training

Security guards in Dubai will be given a pay rise and better training thanks to a new law, said the emirate’s Security Industry Regulatory Authority (Sira) on Tuesday.

Under Law 12: 2016, basic monthly salaries will rise to Dh1,920 from Dh1,440.
Companies will also be required to provide security guards with better procedure and fitness training.
24-Jan-17
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Canada needs 60,000 nurses

AMID a brewing labor shortage in Canada, more Filipino nurses are encouraged to move and work there. With the average age of 55 for Canadian nurses, which is also the country’s retirable age, Canada is most likely going to lose half of its nursing workforce to retirement in one to two years.

Canada’s aging population requires more nurses to take care of the elderly, but Canadian universities just can’t produce Canadian-trained nurses fast enough. The Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) earlier predicted that Canada would be in need of at least 60,000 nurses by 2020 to fill the labor shortage.
30-Jan-17
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Dubai telco Du says jobs cut in company restructuring

United Arab Emirates telecom company Du said it had shed "tens" of jobs as part of months of restructuring, its CEO told reporters on Tuesday. "Streamlining an organisation means that you find pockets of efficiency and some positions have been made redundant ... I triggered this process in April/May last year," Osman Sultan said. The company's financial performance has been under pressure since late 2014 as the pace of growth in the mobile market is unable to keep up with the increasing royalty rates paid to the government.
31-Jan-17
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GCC jobs set to recover in 2017, led by manufacturing and healthcare

Following a year of massive redundancies caused by the collapse in oil prices, the Gulf region is finally set to witness a stabilisation in job cuts and a moderate rate of new job creation in 2017, according to a survey of over 800 employers across the GCC by online recruitment firm GulfTalent.

GulfTalent’s survey received participation from senior management of GCC-based companies and was designed to mine insights into employment trends and prospects for the year. According to the survey findings, the number of companies cutting headcount is set to drop drastically, from 40% of survey respondents in 2016 to just 23% planning cuts this year.
01-Feb-17
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Million jobs await Saudis in hotel, tourism sector

Majed Al-Anazi, principal of the College of Tourism and Hotel Business in Madinah, said major hotel companies were competing with one another to recruit his college’s graduates. “About 98 percent of our graduates have got jobs,” he told Al-Madina Arabic daily. He expected that the Kingdom’s tourism sector would create 1 million jobs by 2020. “The Technical and Vocational Training Corporation has been signing agreements with institutions to employ the college’s graduates.” He commended Madinah Emir Prince Faisal Bin Salman for increasing job opportunities of Saudis in the hotel and tourism sector.
02-Feb-17
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Healthcare the top sector for finding work in the UAE today

UAE professionals with healthcare qualifications and experience are more likely to find a job today than most of their peers, as the industry continued to show a high demand for new talent. Across the Middle East, there are job opportunities in businesses operating in the information technology and telecommunications, production, manufacturing and consumer goods industries, among many others. Candidates who are willing to work in customer service, or in purchase, logistics and supply chain roles are also likely to land new employment offers.
06-Feb-17
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Expats on visit visas to Oman shouldn’t look for jobs

Expatriates coming to Oman on family and visit visas should not be allowed to look for work, a migrants’ forum has said. “Allowing semi-skilled and low-skilled workers to migrate and look for a job on tourist and visit visas is not advisable,” Williams Gois, Regional Coordinator of the Migrant Forum in Asia, said. “Sending and host countries allowing such practices will endanger migrants, especially those who are semi-skilled and low-skilled as they are more prone to rights violations,” Williams added.
07-Feb-17
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Ministry urges Emiratis to look at private sector for jobs

The Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation, on Tuesday, released figures showing that 9,199 Emirati job-seekers have registered with the ministry to help them find jobs. Sharjah has the highest number of registered unemployed Emiratis with 2,161 looking for jobs, followed by Dubai with 1,829, and Ras Al Khaimah 1,472. Abu Dhabi has 1,410 Emiratis wanting jobs, Fujairah 1,131, Ajman 852 and Umm Al Quwain 344. According to the findings by the ministry, the major reasons for UAE nationals not being taken so easily by the private sector is the inability to express themselves in good English, inappropriate academic qualifications, lack of experience and over-qualification for some jobs. Other challenges faced by Emirati job seekers included prevalent wages in the private sector with some expecting a pay that matches with their friends in the public sector, geographical factor with jobs located far from their homes, and working hours and days.
08-Feb-17
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Saudi Labour Ministry to probe ad seeking to hire Indians only

The Ministry of Labor and Social Development said that it will open an investigation into an advertisement which asked only Indian nationals to apply for engineering jobs at a Saudi company. The advertisement — which reportedly offered jobs in several companies in a number of Gulf countries, including the Kingdom — has angered Saudis who claimed it to be discriminatory.
14-Feb-17
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Credit Suisse to cut 5,500 jobs this year

Credit Suisse announced plans Tuesday to cut as many as 6,500 jobs this year in an “incremental headcount reduction,” as the Swiss bank continues to rein in costs and change course after two years of losses.
The news came as the Zurich-based bank said that it had more than halved its fourth-quarter loss compared with a year earlier, amid a “challenging” global market and continued cost cuts, and after striking a multibillion-dollar settlement with US regulators over its activities in the run-up to the 2008 financial crisis.

15-Feb-17
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Hundreds of jobs unfilled as expat numbers fall

In the United Kingdom, a number of vacancies remain unfilled in hospitals, hotels, restaurants, retail stores and other establishments, as the influx of migrants willing to work in the country, particularly non-British nationals from the European Union (EU), has dropped in the wake of the Brexit vote.

As of the last count, there are about 748,000 positions to fill around the country. Vacancies in retail and wholesale, manufacturing, health and accommodation and food services make up the bulk (45 per cent) of all vacancies.
15-Feb-17
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Dubai hotels seen to increase hiring this year

The hotel and hospitality industry in this international city that never sleeps is “likely” to go on a hiring mode this year, according to a report by the jobs consultancy firm, Robert Walters. The year will start on a flat note; however, modest gains are expected in the second half of the year. Economic growth in the run up to Expo 2020 will increase demand for talent across legal, finance, sales and marketing, procurement and IT in 2017, the report stated.
16-Feb-17
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