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Wednesday, 26 April 2017

The coming jobs crisis

The Coming Jobs Crisis


Well, if you are reading this, you must be among the few persons who view this as an issue and are genuinely worried about it. Most persons simply block out the fact that a huge job crisis is awaiting us - and it’s only a few years away. It will happen in our lifetime.

Thus far, automation and technology related job cuts have majorly been in the blue-collar worker segment - manufacturing, construction and the sort. What happens when automation spreads to white-collar jobs? Harvard Business School's UPS Foundation Professor James Heskett asks these questions in his recent post.

At some point, computers can do enough to displace an entire profession like travel agents or bank tellers - then a large number of people lose their jobs and there's a lot of discussion around it. This is usually part of a long-term trend of more and more lowly jobs getting displaced, but so far, they have been small enough that the displaced people were a small fraction of the whole marketplace; they had some pain, found new jobs and life moved on. They were able to move from a routine job in one to industry to a routine job in another.  Are people going to be able to continue to find new jobs? Let’s have a look at some sectors that may or may not be impacted by this in the near future.

Banking & Finance

We are heading into a world where ubiquitous mobile computing, exponential growth in data, and continuous advances in machine learning and Artificial Intelligence will transform finance into an always-on industry. What was once a sit-down conversation between a client and their personal private banker might now be accessible through a mobile app to broad audiences, 24/7. An insurance company can incorporate far more data — from credit scores to behaviour — when it decides how risky a customer is. Think services like Uber, where paying is simple within the app. Imagine that kind of seamlessness coming to other transactions like getting a mortgage.

Technology will also continue freeing up human financial advisors from mundane tasks so that they can focus on providing uniquely human value, like coaching and mentoring. Branches and associated staff costs make up about 65% of the total retail cost base of a larger bank. Much of these jobs are at risk from automation. Branch teller jobs are particularly threatened. The number of U.S. branch tellers has declined by 15% since peaking in 2007 and these losses will accelerate because some two-thirds of bank employees are doing processing work that could eventually be automated.

Journalism

Gathering information; interviewing people; answering who, what when, where, why, and how; and writing the results. It's the daily grind for journalists. But make the information machine readable and you have the potential for disruption.

Associated Press has run an experiment of automatically creating corporate earnings reports since June 2014 with software from Automated Insights and data from Zacks Investment Research. After working through problems at the outset, the process is virtually error-free, which likely beats what humans would do. AP's sports department is using automation to generate reports for events with small audiences. The organization says it frees up staff to do more important things, helping stretch media budgets. Given the sometimes questionable level of writing demonstrated by college graduates and "the hurdle machines have to cross to out-perform humans with college degrees isn't that high." But at one time junior reporters would have done the duller work and learned basics of their craft. In less than a year, the potential pool has become smaller.

Online and Social Marketers

It doesn’t take a human to understand how to create a message that can motivate someone to make a purchase. There are already algorithms there which can determine email subject lines and understand which will get the best response. Software can reach into its database and understand all the variations of a message and create wording that will have the necessary output, working through thousands of combinations to come up with the best version.

There's also the rapidly-developing field of programmatic ad buying. Instead of having people choose where to place ads in magazines, software focuses online, using billions of pieces of information about potential subjects and targeting ads on the best prospects in real time.

Anaesthesiologists, Surgeons, and Diagnosticians

You might think that doctors represented the ultimate in hands-on expertise that had to be local, but that isn't the case. Johnson & Johnson's Sedasys system, already FDA approved, can automate delivery of low-level anaesthesia in applications like colonoscopies at the fraction of the cost of a dedicated anaesthesiologist. A doctor can supervise multiple machines at the same time to keep the human element.

Surgeons already use automated systems to aid in low-invasive procedures. Right now, the doctor is in charge, but eventually machines might do simpler procedures themselves. There have already been demonstrations of how a robotic system could potentially remove tumours from tissue. There is also at least one hair transplant robot on the market, allowing one surgeon to oversee multiple procedures at the same time.

Law Firm Associates

In large lawsuits, the discovery process can involve literally millions of documents. Reviewing such materials was traditionally one of the lower-level tasks lawyers or paralegals could face. But now, new software systems can do the job.

These systems use syntactic analysis and keyword recognition to comb through emails, texts, databases, and scanned documents to find those that one party in a lawsuit would be obliged to turn over to the other through the legal discovery process. It's also conceivable in the near future that a legally-trained (IBM) Watson might be able to construct a system with a vast store of cases and precedent and create drafts of briefs -- the sort of research and writing work generally handled by associates in law firms.

Conclusion

So who is right: the pessimists (many of them techie types), who say this time is different and machines really will take all the jobs, or the optimists (mostly economists and historians), who insist that in the end technology always creates more jobs than it destroys? The truth probably lies somewhere in between. AI will not cause mass unemployment, but it will speed up the existing trend of computer-related automation, disrupting labour markets just as technological change has done before, and requiring workers to learn new skills more quickly than in the past.


This will probably be a difficult transition – more difficult than ever before – but it won’t yet be a sharp break for employment. Whichever side of the argument you stand on, almost everyone agrees that companies and governments will need to make it easier for workers to acquire new skills and switch jobs as needed. 

HR News - Jobs - May 2017

Making things will help UAE make jobs
Even a small manufacturing base would provide jobs at all levels of education and – crucially – the opportunity to progress. That is a crucial difference with, for example, service sectors such as call centres. High-tech manufacturing is only one answer. Moving away from oil will require finding lots of new jobs. Some will be found by the UAE starting to make things. This was discussed at the the inaugural Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit (GMIS).
28-Mar-17 The National Compiled by www.GroupL.ae
Recruiters say Omanisation drive is working
More than 80 per cent of all job vacancies currently posted in Oman are for Omanis only, according to recruitment agencies, as nationals begin to reap the fruits of a government Omanisation drive. Data from past two years shows that nationals are being hunted by recruiters as companies seek to hit targets set by the government regarding Omani staff. 
29-Mar-17 Zawya Compiled by www.GroupL.ae
New move to create 25,000 jobs for Saudi pharmacists
The move by the Ministry of Labor and Social Development to Saudize the pharmacy sector is expected to create 25,000 jobs for Saudi pharmacists. “The move will create jobs for 24,387 graduates of pharmacy colleges across the Kingdom,” said an official at the Health Ministry’s public relations department. The are a total of 8,129 private pharmacies in the Kingdom while 1,454 have completed procedures for obtaining license, he said. This is in addition to 147 pharmacies operating inside hospitals. At least three pharmacists work in every pharmacy while their number crosses 10 in some busy ones.
03-Apr-17 Zawya Compiled by www.GroupL.ae
So Many People Applied For Sheikh Mohammed’s Dhs1 Million Job
Remember how HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum launched a search for the ultimate do-gooder in the Arab World – a title that came with a Dhs1 million prize? Well, submissions have now closed, with more than 65,000 people vying for the prestigious job. The Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai has thanked all of those who applied for his “Arab Hope Maker” initiative, with the winner to be announced on May 10.
05-Apr-17 Emirates Woman Compiled by www.GroupL.ae
Startups in UAE an engine of job creation
More and more residents in the UAE, mainly expatriates, are launching their own businesses, and they are generating new opportunities for jobseekers. These new and young companies, many of whom have likely been inspired by innovations born out of the garages of Silicon Valley, have vacancies up for grabs, with positions available ranging from business development manager to hardware engineer and front-end developer to sales staff. They operate in a number of sectors, including e-commerce, technology, financial technology, media and transport and logistics. An industry expert said there has been an increasing number of jobs created by startups in the UAE, and the employment numbers are only set to grow, as more risk-takers launch innovative ideas in the hope of mirroring the success of the likes of Uber, WhatsApp or Souq.com.
05-Apr-17 Gulf News Compiled by www.GroupL.ae
ENOC to showcase over 70 new career opportunities for Nationals at Careers UAE 2017
ENOC Group underlines its commitment to empower young UAE Nationals by offering 70 job opportunities and on-the-job training programmes, through the company’s participation at Careers UAE 2017. ENOC is recruiting young UAE Nationals in core oil and gas specialisations to support the company’s growth strategy. These specialisations include Finance, Marketing, HR and Administration, Operations and Maintenance, Engineering, Environment, Health and Safety, Quality and Audit, Customer Services and Communications.
05-Apr-17 Emirates 24|7 Compiled by www.GroupL.ae
A new website could make it a whole lot easier to find a job in Dubai
Job hunting anywhere can be stressful, but a new website looks like it could take some of the pain out of searching for work in Dubai. Dubai Careers has been developed by the Smart Dubai Government Establishment, and aims to assist jobseekers both within and outside the UAE (so yes, non-UAE residents wanting to move here can use the service too). Right now, the website only lists vacancies from Dubai government entities – like Dubai Municipality, Dubai Tourism and Dubai Customs. However, private sector jobs are also expected to be listed in the future.
06-Apr-17 What's On Compiled by www.GroupL.ae
Creating jobs for new Saudi workers is critical
With the working age population expected to grow by close to 2% per year from 2017-2027, creating jobs for new Saudi workers is critical, says a report by ICAEW, the accountancy and finance body. This requires Saudi workers to have skills and wage expectations that are competitive in the global economy as well as companies that compete more intensively for business.
06-Apr-17 Zawya Compiled by www.GroupL.ae
Temporary job contracts to boost Oman's economy
Expatriate workers coming to Oman could soon be hired on short-term job contracts, under a proposal put forward by the Tanfeedh labs, a senior official from the Ministry of Manpower has confirmed. The report states: “This initiative aims to provide employment opportunities for part-time work in the private sector for workers and job seekers who are Omani, in addition to enhancing the flexibility of the non-Omani labour movement affiliated and registered within the same entity. It is aimed at allowing the recruitment of non-Omani workers with temporary licenses in some specialised professions.”
08-Apr-17 Times of Oman Compiled by www.GroupL.ae
UAE job fair provides ideal platform for Emirati job-seekers
The 17th edition of Careers UAE, the country's leading recruitment exhibition for Emiratis, opens at Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) on Sunday, April 9, where scores of public and private sector organisations from the region and across the world are preparing to meet, select and interview the best Emirati talent. With UAE school and university enrolment set to grow by 4.1 percent year-on-year according to the GCC Education Industry Report, the talent pool and associated demand for new careers is on the rise. Given that nearly half attendees found employment from attending the event, Careers UAE has positioned itself as the premiere employment fair in the region.
09-Apr-17 Khaleej Times Compiled by www.GroupL.ae
Imdaad to increase Emirati workforce to 7% in 2017
Dubai-based facilities management (FM) firm, Imdaad, has announced plans to increase its Emirati personnel holding junior, middle, and senior management positions to 7% this year, from the current 5%. Jamal Abdullah Lootah, CEO, Imdaad, said: “We have hired a total of 14 Emirati men and women over the past five years and currently, around 5% of our junior, middle, and senior managers are composed of UAE nationals.
09-Apr-17 Construction Week Online Compiled by www.GroupL.ae
GCC FM provider launches online recruitment videos
Cofely Besix Facility Management (CBFM) announced it has introduced a set of online recruitment videos targeting potential FM job applicants. CBFM's recruitment videos feature its employees – such as electricians and mechanical and HVAC technicians – describing their job descriptions and required skills for the position. The videos, showcased on the company's website, also include footage of each employee’s work environment and staff accommodation to give prospective employees a better understanding of what the role involves, as well as being able to visualise what it will be like working at CBFM.
11-Apr-17 Constructino Week Online Compiled by www.GroupL.ae
GCC FM provider launches online recruitment videos
Cofely Besix Facility Management (CBFM) announced it has introduced a set of online recruitment videos targeting potential FM job applicants. CBFM's recruitment videos feature its employees – such as electricians and mechanical and HVAC technicians – describing their job descriptions and required skills for the position. The videos, showcased on the company's website, also include footage of each employee’s work environment and staff accommodation to give prospective employees a better understanding of what the role involves, as well as being able to visualise what it will be like working at CBFM.
11-Apr-17 Construction Week Online Compiled by www.GroupL.ae
Mideast employers offer 32,600 vacancies in first quarter
After a slump in 2016, recruitment activity in the UAE and across the Middle East and North Africa (Mena) is starting to pick up, with companies offering thousands of employment opportunities during the first quarter of the year. The latest data released by Bayt.com showed that employers in the region opened more than 32,600 fresh positions for jobseekers between January and March 2017. Out of the total vacancies, 10,149 are for UAE-based organisations.
11-Apr-17 Gulf News Compiled by www.GroupL.ae
InterContinental Riyadh offers training, jobs to young Saudis
InterContinental Riyadh is partnering with local universities and technical colleges to offer free work experience placement and on-the-job training to Saudi students. The initiative is part of the hotel’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) program called IHG Academy. A new partner, the Laureate Vocational Saudi Arabia (LVSA), which is a part of the Laureate International Universities Network, offers students diploma programs in events and business management that are accredited by the Technical and Vocational Training Corporation (TVTC). Last year alone, InterContinental Riyadh accepted close to 15 student trainees and successfully offered job employment opportunities to six of them. Impressed by their English language proficiency and caliber of the students, the hotel signed a new agreement last week that includes five other hotels into the IHG Academy program, thus expanding training and employment opportunities within the hotel chain.
12-Apr-17 Arab News Compiled by www.GroupL.ae
More Saudi women opting for careers in hospitality
A growing number of Saudi women are opting for a career in hospitality. Marriott International president and managing director Middle East and Africa, Alex Kyriakidis said that Saudi women’s interest is more than ever before. The group launched Tahseen in 2016 – an 18-month hospitality training programme in conjunction with the Cornell University – to groom, train and provide jobs to the local population in the Middle East.
12-Apr-17 Hotelier Middle East Compiled by www.GroupL.ae
First Abu Dhabi Bank cuts up to 20 jobs in global markets -sources
 First Abu Dhabi Bank has made up to 20 job cuts in its global markets division following the merger of National Bank of Abu Dhabi and First Gulf Bank, sources told Reuters on Wednesday. The bank is interviewing people for various roles since there is duplication, according to one of the sources familiar with the matter. Those who do not qualify are asked to apply for junior roles and are asked to leave if they do not make the cut, the source said. 
12-Apr-17 Zawya Compiled by www.GroupL.ae
Few jobs for expat graduates in Oman
Expat graduates must be prepared to leave Oman for work as local jobs dry up, experts have advised. Students say they are forced to look at overseas openings as Omanisation kicks in and the Sultanate looks to improve the skill sets of its own citizens. 
16-Apr-17 Times of Oman Compiled by www.GroupL.ae
Saudi Arabia looks to recruit 100,000 Kenyans
Saudi Arabia is interested in recruiting mainly skilled and semi-skilled workers such as nurses and technicians, Kenyan media reported. The recruitment option was part of the talks between the two countries last week when Saudi Arabia’s Commerce minister Majed Bin Abdullah Al Kassabi led a delegation of government officials and business people from the private sector for the meeting in the Kenyan capital Nairobi.
17-Apr-17 Gulf News Compiled by www.GroupL.ae
Workers in UAE consumer goods in high demand despite slow hiring trends
The consumer goods industry recorded the highest growth on the Monster Employment Index (MEI) at an average year-on-year rise of 14 per cent in the first quarter of 2017, reaching a peak of 33 per cent growth in March compared March 2016. The growth in consumer goods, including FMCG, food and packaged food, home appliances, garments, textiles, leather, gems and jewellery, came amid an overall slow-down in online hiring across the nation with an average of 43 per cent year-on-year decline. Workers in purchase, logistics, and supply chain occupations saw the least decline over the same period with an average year-on-year decline of about one per cent.
19-Apr-17 CPI Financial Compiled by www.GroupL.ae
Job cuts at The National: is UAE press in trouble?
Several leading newspapers and websites have reported that The National has cut jobs as part of a reorganisation under its new owner. The reported workforce reduction comes roughly five months after state-owned Abu Dhabi Media Company (ADM) sold the English-language newspaper to International Media Investments (IMI), a subsidiary of private investment firm Abu Dhabi Media Investment Corporation (ADMIC). It is understood that staff received their new contracts on Sunday. Those who are not going to be hired by the new company will retain their current roles until June 30, when the ADM contracts expire.
19-Apr-17 AME Info Compiled by www.GroupL.ae
Saudi Arabia to limit shopping mall jobs to own nationals
Saudi Arabia's labour minister issued an order on Thursday to restrict employment in shopping malls to Saudi nationals, who currently make up only one in five staff in the retail sector. The kingdom has been steadily closing off different areas of employment to foreigners, who comprise about a third of the population, as it aims to create jobs for young Saudis and cut the unemployment rate among nationals. A statement from the minister for labour and social development, posted on Twitter, defined malls as "closed commercial centres", but did not elaborate on the number of jobs affected or a timeline for implementation.
20-Apr-17 Khaleej Times Compiled by www.GroupL.ae
Vetting by social media: why employers are now checking your online activity
For employers, the opportunities social media have presented for background checks simply did not exist in the past. A candidate’s Facebook posts, Twitter comments, Instagram pictures, YouTube uploads and even "likes" can determine whether he or she will be able to secure the job they have been pursuing. Media-recruitment specialist Tom Watterson says that in one case, a candidate’s profile was sent to a company who checked her Facebook page and saw she was covered in tattoos and provocatively dressed. The company declined to interview the candidate as a result, he added.
24-Apr-17 The National Compiled by www.GroupL.ae
Oman banks feeling the heat of bad loans as expats lose jobs
Banks in Oman are being left with an increasing number of unpaid loans from expatriates leaving the country after thousands of foreign workers lost their jobs due to the economic downturn. Firms in the private sector have been forced to terminate contracts after seeing their profits go down in the last two years due to shrinking revenues caused by lower oil prices. According to the Ministry of Manpower, 43,110 expatriates from different professions lost their jobs in the private sector in 2016 – about 12 per cent more than a year earlier.
25-Apr-17 The National Compiled by www.GroupL.ae
Saudi ministry to create 200,000 jobs in taxi sector
The Ministry of Labor and Social Development and the Public Transport Authority (PTA) signed a memorandum of understanding on Monday to Saudize car rental offices and drivers working in taxis belonging to authorized vehicle-directing companies. The deal aimed at creating about 200,000 part time and full time jobs for Saudis in the public cab sector over the coming three years in line with the goals of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030.
25-Apr-17 Zawya Compiled by www.GroupL.ae
Qatar Airways to hire cabin crew from Dubai this month
Qatar Airways is holding a recruitment event in Dubai this month to hire new cabin crew, according to the airline’s recent career advisory. The candidate screening in the emirate, scheduled to take place on April 28, is part of a series of events the Gulf carrier has scheduled worldwide to expand its flight staff. 
26-Apr-17 Gulf News Compiled by www.GroupL.ae

HR News - GCC - May 2017

Making things will help UAE make jobs
Even a small manufacturing base would provide jobs at all levels of education and – crucially – the opportunity to progress. That is a crucial difference with, for example, service sectors such as call centres. High-tech manufacturing is only one answer. Moving away from oil will require finding lots of new jobs. Some will be found by the UAE starting to make things. This was discussed at the the inaugural Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit (GMIS).
28-Mar-17 The National Compiled by www.GroupL.ae
Recruiters say Omanisation drive is working
More than 80 per cent of all job vacancies currently posted in Oman are for Omanis only, according to recruitment agencies, as nationals begin to reap the fruits of a government Omanisation drive. Data from past two years shows that nationals are being hunted by recruiters as companies seek to hit targets set by the government regarding Omani staff. 
29-Mar-17 Zawya Compiled by www.GroupL.ae
Indian migrant workers unable to leave Qatar despite labour reforms
Qatar has refused to allow scores of migrants from countries including India, Nepal and Bangladesh to return home, violating new labour reforms to improve workers’ rights, activists and trade unions said on Wednesday. Trade unionists and activists say migrant workers still require an exit permit from the government - and of the 760 or so permit requests made by migrants, more than a quarter have been denied since the law was passed on Dec. 13 last year. Qatari officials were not immediately available to comment, but data reported by the state-run Qatar News Agency earlier this month said the newly-established Exit Permit Grievances Committee had rejected 213 requests made up until Feb. 15. No reason was given for the requests being denied.
30-Mar-17 Daiji World Compiled by www.GroupL.ae
Recruitment firms 'have role to play in Saudi labor amnesty'
Saudi Arabia’s amnesty for residency and labor law violators will call for the involvement of recruitment firms to address any gaps in the employment market, an official said. The Interior Ministry earlier this month launched “A Nation Without Violations,” a campaign to give residency and labor law violators 90 days to leave the country without penalties. Recruitment firms in the Kingdom will have a role to play in addressing any shortfall in the employment market as violators leave the country, officials said. 
31-Mar-17 Zawya Compiled by www.GroupL.ae
Qatar World Cup labourers working 18-hour days: report
Migrant World Cup stadium labourers in Qatar can work 18-hour days - more than twice the maximum amount permitted by law - an external report into working conditions has found. And half of the 10 contracting companies surveyed in the compliance report, published Wednesday, failed to give their employees even one day off per week. In the most extreme example, some labourers worked 148 days in a row, equivalent to five months without a day off, the study by London-based Impactt, which calls itself an "ethical trade consultancy", found. Although the report was commissioned by the body organising the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, its findings are likely to increase criticism of the Gulf emirate.
06-Apr-17 Arabian Business Compiled by www.GroupL.ae
Startups in UAE an engine of job creation
More and more residents in the UAE, mainly expatriates, are launching their own businesses, and they are generating new opportunities for jobseekers. These new and young companies, many of whom have likely been inspired by innovations born out of the garages of Silicon Valley, have vacancies up for grabs, with positions available ranging from business development manager to hardware engineer and front-end developer to sales staff. They operate in a number of sectors, including e-commerce, technology, financial technology, media and transport and logistics. An industry expert said there has been an increasing number of jobs created by startups in the UAE, and the employment numbers are only set to grow, as more risk-takers launch innovative ideas in the hope of mirroring the success of the likes of Uber, WhatsApp or Souq.com.
05-Apr-17 Gulf News Compiled by www.GroupL.ae
Creating jobs for new Saudi workers is critical
With the working age population expected to grow by close to 2% per year from 2017-2027, creating jobs for new Saudi workers is critical, says a report by ICAEW, the accountancy and finance body. This requires Saudi workers to have skills and wage expectations that are competitive in the global economy as well as companies that compete more intensively for business.
06-Apr-17 Zawya Compiled by www.GroupL.ae
Indian envoy praises facilities for workers in [UAE] capital
Navdeep Singh Suri, Indian Ambassador to the UAE, visited the workers’ sites in Mussafah and the Industrial City of Abu Dhabi (ICAD II). “I am extremely impressed with the facilities here. A lot of thought has gone into the construction and management of the two residential complexes. I am also very encouraged by how professional the teams managing the complexes are, and they are to be commended for the high standards being maintained throughout,” he said.
08-Apr-17 Gulf News Compiled by www.GroupL.ae
Temporary job contracts to boost Oman's economy
Expatriate workers coming to Oman could soon be hired on short-term job contracts, under a proposal put forward by the Tanfeedh labs, a senior official from the Ministry of Manpower has confirmed. The report states: “This initiative aims to provide employment opportunities for part-time work in the private sector for workers and job seekers who are Omani, in addition to enhancing the flexibility of the non-Omani labour movement affiliated and registered within the same entity. It is aimed at allowing the recruitment of non-Omani workers with temporary licenses in some specialised professions.”
08-Apr-17 Times of Oman Compiled by www.GroupL.ae
Oman to beef up workforce in view of increased taxpayers
Oman’s finance ministry will enhance its workforce to handle a large number of companies that are required to pay corporate income tax, following the recent removal of a threshold limit, according to a top-level official at the Ministry of Finance. “We are recruiting more people this year and next year to handle the increased number of taxpayers and to make sure that things will go smoothly,” Saud Nasser Al Shukaily, secretary general of taxation at the Ministry of Finance told the Times of Oman on the sidelines of a seminar on amendment in tax law.
08-Apr-17 Zawya Compiled by www.GroupL.ae
Millions of migrant Gulf workers forced to pay for right to work - report
Millions of migrants seeking a way out of poverty by working in Gulf nations from Qatar to the United Arab Emirates must routinely pay fees that can equal a year's salary, U.S. researchers said in a report. Bangladeshi workers paid as much as $5,200 in recruitment fees, according to the study, the highest price among other South Asian construction workers, who number some 10 million people in the Gulf. In rare cases, construction companies took on expenditures to recruit their workers, the study found. The New York University report expands on the findings of an investigation conducted in Qatar and released last week, which concluded hundreds of Asian workers paid recruitment fees. 
11-Apr-17 Zawya Compiled by www.GroupL.ae
Private sector expected to hire more Omanis as government sector opportunities dwindle
Government hiring may come down to as low as ten per cent in the next four years, Younis al Akhzami, the CEO of Public Authority for Manpower Register (PAMR), said. Every year, 35,000 fresh job seekers enter the market. The private sector would have to comprise remaining 90 per cent of the hiring during the remaining years of the ninth Five Year Plan (2016-20), he said at a career fair held at the Waljat College of Applied Sciences on Tuesday. “There is no government employment. Maybe maximum ten per cent. The government cannot take more,” he told Muscat Daily. “When the government was able to hire, it hired. But the next five years [beginning last year], employment will depend on the private sector.”
11-Apr-17 Zawya Compiled by www.GroupL.ae
Mideast employers offer 32,600 vacancies in first quarter
After a slump in 2016, recruitment activity in the UAE and across the Middle East and North Africa (Mena) is starting to pick up, with companies offering thousands of employment opportunities during the first quarter of the year. The latest data released by Bayt.com showed that employers in the region opened more than 32,600 fresh positions for jobseekers between January and March 2017. Out of the total vacancies, 10,149 are for UAE-based organisations.
11-Apr-17 Gulf News Compiled by www.GroupL.ae
More Saudi women opting for careers in hospitality
A growing number of Saudi women are opting for a career in hospitality. Marriott International president and managing director Middle East and Africa, Alex Kyriakidis said that Saudi women’s interest is more than ever before. The group launched Tahseen in 2016 – an 18-month hospitality training programme in conjunction with the Cornell University – to groom, train and provide jobs to the local population in the Middle East.
12-Apr-17 Hotelier Middle East Compiled by www.GroupL.ae
Registration of labour cases outsourced to Taaheed offices
The Dubai Courts Department [DCD] will reduce the number of daily visitors wanting to register labour cases by 80 per cent through ‘Taaheed’ [outsourcing] offices that have started the process of case registration. The DCD has started outsourcing all remote registration of labour cases (district court and plenary court) to the authorised service provider Taaheed through its ‘Al Salfa’ service, according to DCD’s Director-General Taresh Eid Al Mansouri.
12-Apr-17 Gulf News Compiled by www.GroupL.ae
Philippines says Saudi Arabia still needs its workers
Saudi Arabia will still need even more Filipino workers despite its “Saudisation” policy, Manila’s labour secretary said on Wednesday following a meeting between Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and Saudi King Salman Bin Abdul Aziz. “It came from their side that Filipino workers are good workers. They recognise that they were instrumental in the growth of Saudi Arabia in the past years,” he said.
12-Apr-17 Gulf News Compiled by www.GroupL.ae
[UAE] Ministry announces two competitions to ensure workers’ happiness
The Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MOHRE) on Saturday announced two competitions to ensure happiness of workers. The “Top Labour Accommodation” and the “Top Shuttle Bus Service” competitions were announced during a meeting held in line with the UAE national programme of happiness and positivity, which aims to reach all groups, members and communities of the society to note down their queries and improve their living conditions. 
15-Apr-17 Gulf News Compiled by www.GroupL.ae
Envoy urges Saudi employment in global organizations
The Saudi ambassador to the US, Prince Abdullah bin Faisal, has called for maximization of the Kingdom’s support to international organizations in employing Saudis, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported. He also called for the provision of jobs to Saudis studying in the US, adding that efforts are needed to train Saudis in line with local regulations and systems.
16-Apr-17 Arab News Compiled by www.GroupL.ae
2022 World Cup will improve living, job conditions of Qatar's expat workers: Survey
A survey assessing the views and attitudes of Qataris and expatriates towards Qatar hosting 2022 FIFA World Cup has showed that an overwhelming majority of respondents have very positive views on hosting the mega sport event. When participants were asked about the impact of the World Cup on working conditions of blue-collar workers, Qataris were more optimistic. Overall, 91% of them agreed that working conditions of blue-collar workers will improve, as compared to 86 percent of white-collar expatriates who have the same opinion. Moreover, 93% of white-collar expatriates agreed that the event will improve the work relations and create more employment opportunities.
16-Apr-17 Albawaba Compiled by www.GroupL.ae
Few jobs for expat graduates in Oman
Expat graduates must be prepared to leave Oman for work as local jobs dry up, experts have advised. Students say they are forced to look at overseas openings as Omanisation kicks in and the Sultanate looks to improve the skill sets of its own citizens. 
16-Apr-17 Times of Oman Compiled by www.GroupL.ae
Typing centres see rise in job change requests
A number of these centres have started new services that help low income workers to send online notification to employers required by the Ministry of Administrative Development Labour and Social Affairs as part of the job change procedure. The services providers told The Peninsula that the notification procedure is easy, and can be done any where. However, the notification letter requires signature of the applicant, which then needs to be scanned and attached while applying for job change. 
17-Apr-17 The Peninsula Compiled by www.GroupL.ae
Saudi Arabia looks to recruit 100,000 Kenyans
Saudi Arabia is interested in recruiting mainly skilled and semi-skilled workers such as nurses and technicians, Kenyan media reported. The recruitment option was part of the talks between the two countries last week when Saudi Arabia’s Commerce minister Majed Bin Abdullah Al Kassabi led a delegation of government officials and business people from the private sector for the meeting in the Kenyan capital Nairobi.
17-Apr-17 Gulf News Compiled by www.GroupL.ae
What you need to know about GCC’s new work laws
GCC governments are taking significant steps towards supporting entrepreneurs and white-collar workers in the region through new laws and initiatives that are in the pipeline for 2017. The UAE government is gearing up efforts to ensure UAE nationals will make up five per cent of private workforce in the country by 2020. The planned Saudi Green Card scheme has reportedly reached its final stages. The green card status will entitle residents to various benefits, which have so far been restricted to Saudi citizens, in return for an annual fee of SR14,200. Work visa rules get a revision thanks to a new Qatari law. The procedures for recruiting workers from abroad have changed under Law No 21 of 2015 regulating the entry, exit and residency of expatriates, a senior official of the Ministry of Interior has said. Oman is reportedly considering plans to allow expatriate workers to be hired on short-term job contracts. Media reports say that a proposal was submitted by the country’s national diversification programme Tanfeedh with the argument that it would benefit the economy and provide more jobs for Omanis. 
17-Apr-17 AME Info Compiled by www.GroupL.ae
Saudi Arabia accelerates Saudization by deporting more than 5.5M expat workers
The campaign is helping violators leave the country without facing fines or penalties for violating regulations. Expats are also exempt from the exit fingerprint requirement, allowing them to return to the Kingdom at a later date legally. The campaign, which initially was launched four years ago, has facilitated the departure of more that 5.5 million illegal expats.
18-Apr-17 Albawaba Compiled by www.GroupL.ae
Kuwait expats face layoffs, cut in numbers
Sources say the National Assembly will soon discuss plans to resolve the demographic imbalance problem. The plan would depend on not hiring expats for advisory and consultation positions in various ministries. The plan also recommends reducing the number of expats by 30 percent annually and replacing those in administrative positions with Kuwaitis. 
19-Apr-17
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Saudi SMEs seek 'good talent' and tech-oriented rules
The majority of graduates and job seekers opt for big corporations and multinational organizations, making it a challenge for small and medium enterprises to find talent and foster growth in their innovative businesses. “Most talents are being recruited by large corporations, banks, and big names. One of the major challenges for SMEs is attracting those talents,” said Faris Alturki, head of youth businessmen committee at the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
22-Apr-17
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Tackling joblessness in the Gulf has no easy solutions
Unemployment among their nationals is a challenge in three Gulf states — Oman, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia. And yet they differ on how they need to address the problem. A credible report assumes jobless rates of 8.1 per cent, 7.4 and 5.6 in Oman, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia. Notably, some Saudi sources put unemployment at a considerably higher rate after factoring in higher non-participation among females. Additionally, joblessness is in double-digit territory among youths.
22-Apr-17 Gulf News Compiled by www.GroupL.ae
Top tips for background checks when hiring in the Middle East
An employment background check programme is a way to gain confidence that the people you’re thinking about hiring really do have all the great qualifications they claim to have, and that there’s not some skeleton possibly lurking in a closet somewhere. Background checks can help to facilitate a safer workplace, staffed by qualified employees. 
22-Apr-17 Gulf Business Compiled by www.GroupL.ae
Qatar: ICC holds cultural fest for blue collar workers
Indian Cultural Centre (ICC) in association with Ministry of Interior (MOI) conducted the cultural fest for blue collar workers which entertained them with a new experience. The cultural evening was aimed at providing entertainment to the blue collar workers as well as providing awareness on various topics of importance.The cultural programmes were put up by blue collar workers and different troupes on the occasion.
23-Apr-17 Daiji World Compiled by www.GroupL.ae
Saudi launches new plan to ensure workers get wages
Saudi Arabia has launched a plan to ensure that all domestic workers in the country receive their wages on time. The kingdom’s Ministry of Labour and Social Development announced that it may soon be mandatory for all firms in the kingdom to open bank accounts for their domestic workers, reported local daily Arab News. The move hopes to ensure that workers receive their wages on time. The plan will force employers to electronically document labour contracts via the Musaned website, identify monthly wages for each worker and open bank accounts for domestic workers, the report quoted ministry spokesman Khaled Abu Al-Khail as saying.
24-Apr-17 Gulf Business Compiled by www.GroupL.ae