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Monday, 12 June 2017

HR News - Skill - May 2017

Dubai Tourism launches ‘Dubai Expert’ first-of-its-kind innovative training tool for travel agents at ATM 2017
Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism), has announced the launch of “Dubai Expert”, an innovative online educational game that has been created exclusively for travel agents. The announcement was made to travel professionals attending this year’s Arabian Travel Market in Dubai. It features an engaging interface that includes information on Dubai’s tourism attractions in an easily-digestible format that will enable agents to promote the Emirate as the ideal holiday destination to their customers from around the world.
26-Apr-17 Aviamost Compiled by www.GroupL.ae
New Dubai tourism college to boost training for sector
The Dubai College of Tourism (DCT), to be launched by Dubai's Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism), will offer courses in five faculties - Tourism, Events, Hospitality, Retail and Culinary Arts - to help young graduates learn trade and soft skills from established professionals in the industry. College representatives said the 'job-focused' training will help give students a detailed introduction of the different fields in tourism through a one-year certificate or two-year diploma, to let them decide their career direction.
26-Apr-17 Khaleej Times Compiled by www.GroupL.ae
Asian vocational training highlighted 
The Kuwaiti parliamentary caucus presented a draft resolution to the Asian Parliamentary Assembly (APA) for building Asian professional skills and capabilities through setting up a centre for vocational and technical training.
27-Apr-17 Bahrain News Agency Compiled by www.GroupL.ae
Lack of skills and demand for public-sector jobs ‘holding Northern Emirates back’
Poor CV writing and presentation skills and a cultural mentality that demands public-sector jobs is holding back Northern Emirates jobseekers, experts said. Of the 5,000 Emiratis looking for work in Fujairah, 1,150 of them lacked the writing skills to complete their digital profiles and will be deleted from the Fujairah Human Resources Department database, said Mohammed Al Zeyoudi, director general of the department. "We tried to contact 1,000 jobseekers to guide them on how to update their information on the system because they failed to complete it, but we couldn’t achieve any progress.
27-Apr-17 The National Compiled by www.GroupL.ae
Lifeguard training and nearby aids ‘should be mandatory’
Experts want compulsory training for all pool attendants and lifesaving aids to be accessible at all community and hotel swimming pools. British swimming teacher Chris Kelly, a consultant working in schools across Dubai, said first-aid training and lifesaving skills for nannies would also ­improve safety. "In most pools, the doors are not often locked and they can be accessed easily. That in itself is a red flag," Mr Kelly said. "There should be regular training for all lifeguards and a national qualification. Lifeguards should be in an elevated position so they can see the bottom of the pool at all times. "A pool-related death could do irreparable damage to a hotel. As soon as you have to think about liability and blame, it is too late. Pool-monitoring needs to be a lot more efficient."
30-Apr-17 The National Compiled by www.GroupL.ae
Fourth industrial revolution: Giving youth the skills they need for jobs of tomorrow
The MENA region needs to create 100 million jobs in the next decade to simply absorb the growing population says the World Bank. Yet, even in fast-growing and emerging market economies, employers are reporting a gap between the talent they need and that which is actually available on the market. In short, economic growth and job creation are being impacted by the paradox of both an unemployment challenge and a skills crisis as firms struggle to recruit trained, role-specific talent. As countries like Saudi Arabia strive to bridge the gaps between jobs, skills and access to talent, it is vital that the public and private sectors work together with civil society to ensure young people are empowered.
01-May-17 Al Arabiya Compiled by www.GroupL.ae
Giving some 'valuable' lessons for low-income workers
Xpress Money teams visited low-income residents in the UAE, Oman, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar and Saudi Arabia and educated them on important topics such as financial planning, savings and the importance of using legal, regulated channels for money transfer.  The firm has reached out to over 125,000 blue-collar workers across the GCC, providing them with focused financial literacy training over the last three months. It organises roadshows, workshops and contests in labour accommodations in the UAE to not only entertain but also inform low-income workers on the importance of saving money.
06-May-17 Khaleej Times Compiled by www.GroupL.ae
State council holds training programme on skills of preparing correspondence
A four-day training programme titled, ‘Skills of preparing correspondence and reports’ organised by the State Council concluded on Thursday. The programme dealt with methodology of preparation and writing of reports and administrative letters, administrative writing and its impact on the administrative process, writing of minutes of meetings, and the most important errors committed in grammar usage.
06-May-17 Muscat Daily Compiled by www.GroupL.ae
Dubai Customs launches sign language training programme
The initiative aims at turning Dubai into a disability-friendly city by the year 2020 through projects and initiatives that promote the participation and inclusion of differently abled persons (people of determination) in the community, eliminating all obstacles that may stand in their way, and positively integrating them in their environments. The programme, in coordination with the Ministry of Community Development, will enable Dubai Customs employees to better communicate with hard of hearing clients and employees. There will be sign language translators as well to help deliver customs services faster and in a more efficient way. The programme included training on 50 different 'signs' that fit with customs work.
11-May-17 The Gulf Today Compiled by www.GroupL.ae
Riyadh Marriott Hotel supports Saudization initiative
A major initiative to support Saudization of the workforce within the framework of the Saudi Vision 2030 was launched by the Riyadh Marriott Hotel recently. “The move is to help young Saudis to get a foothold in the country’s hotel sector,” said Muin Serhan, general manager of Riyadh Marriott Hotel & Marriott Executive Apartments. Serhan said the Marriott’s initiative will cut reliance on foreign workers in hotel industry in general, and in the local Marriott Hotel and Marriott Executive Apartments in particular. Through “Voyager Program,” Marriott hopes to offer employability skills training to young people that will enable them to take up jobs in Riyadh Marriott Hotel as well as in hospitality industry across the Kingdom, he added.
12-May-17 Arab News Compiled by www.GroupL.ae
Ministry to hold training workshops on heat exhaustion
The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) will conduct, from Monday, a number of training workshops on heat exhaustion for health and safety supervisers in different companies.  The workshops will be held in co-operation with the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs, Hamad Medical Corporation and Qatar Petroleum. The initiative is aimed at spreading awareness of relevant issues among the entities concerned to introduce them to the symptoms of heat exhaustion and how to avoid them. 
13-May-17 Gulf Times Compiled by www.GroupL.ae
Dubai Chamber, CII in talks to set up skill centre
The CII, which announced on Sunday its plan to open its 10th overseas office in Dubai within three months, said the move would help further boost the two-way trade, investment and business engagement between the two countries. The delegation of India's largest industry chamber headed CII president Shobana Kamineni held discussions on Monday with Dubai Chamber on the feasibility of the project.
15-May-17 Khaleej Times Compiled by www.GroupL.ae
Aramco to set up FM, hospitality training centre
Saudi Aramco has signed an agreement with the Technical and Vocational Training Corporation (TVTC) and the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH) to set up a training centre for facilities and hospitality management. The National Training Center for Facilities and Hospitality Management (NTCFHM) will aim to develop and prepare Saudi youth to work in the management and operation of public and private service facilities as well as the tourism and hotel sector jobs in the Kingdom.
17-May-17 Trade Arabia Compiled by www.GroupL.ae
UAE jobs: Mind the (skills) gap
Job experts have predicted that one of the biggest challenges brought about by the fourth industrial revolution in the coming years, will be the automation of jobs across various sectors. It has been estimated that 41 per cent of all work activities in Kuwait are susceptible to automation, as are 46 per cent in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia, 47 per cent in the UAE, 49 per cent in Egypt, 50 per cent in Morocco and Turkey, and 52 per cent in Qatar. The World Economic Forum's Future of Jobs analysis also found that few of Mena region's economies are fully prepared for the impending disruption to jobs and skills brought about by technological change. By 2030, the region is set to expand its tertiary-educated talent pool by 50 per cent. However, two in five graduates are out of a job.
18-May-17 Khaleej Times Compiled by www.GroupL.ae
Training course on marine safety equipment
The Ministry of Transport and Communications (MoTC) is organising a training course on maritime safety equipment for vessels and procedures related to entering enclosed areas. The course is part of a training platform that boosts ministry efforts to ensure safer shipping in Arabian Gulf area.
18-May-17 Gulf Times Compiled by www.GroupL.ae
India’s $150 billion IT industry has a new mantra: Re-skill or perish
“Half the current workforce has already been covered by re-skilling. Either they have been re-skilled, or they are in the process of being re-skilled,” said Chandrashekhar. And over the next five years, Nasscom, together with 20 member companies, is looking to train up to 2 million existing and new workers to help bridge the skills gap. For about a decade now, there has been a steady decoupling between the revenue of IT companies and the size of their workforce, implying that simply adding more heads won’t help generate more income. As the industry now pivots towards delivering high-end services, the focus for IT companies will also shift from adding scale to building a smaller, more specialised talent pool with specific domain expertise.
19-May-17 Quartz Compiled by www.GroupL.ae
SAP to invest $100m into Mena skill building programmes
Global digital transformation enabler SAP said it plans to invest $100 million into innovative training programmes for building skills and knowledge among youth in the Middle East and North Africa (Mena) region by 2022. "Middle East organizations are increasingly reliant on advanced technical skills, but there is a major mismatch between the current level of talent and the skills needed by 2020," remarked Marita Mitschein, the managing director of the SAP Training and Development Institute. "The WEF is a vital platform for showing how public-private partnerships can drive technology knowledge transfer to support youth job creation across the Middle East and transform lives and businesses," said Mitschein.
21-May-17 Trade Arabia Compiled by www.GroupL.ae
PDO celebrates graduation of 420 sponsored Omani trainees
Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) held a ceremony for 420 young Omani graduates of the company-sponsored training scheme, who will now take up full-time employment. A celebration event was held at Muscat’s Grand Millennium Hotel to honour their success under the auspices of the Minister of Oil and Gas, Dr Mohammed Al Rumhy. 
21-May-17 Times of Oman Compiled by www.GroupL.ae
Start-ups, education and jobs among top outcomes at WEF meeting in Jordan
The Forum’s New Vision for Arab Employment (NVAE) achieved commitments to provide employability skills training to a total of 250,000 people in the region. A new target of one million by 2018 has been agreed by the community. The NVAE community also agreed to test education, training and labour ecosystem reform in one pilot country before scaling in the region.
22-May-17 CPI Financial Compiled by www.GroupL.ae
Health & occupational safety training for Ministry staff
The Ministry of Municipality and Environment launched yesterday a health and occupational safety training programme for its employees. The programme aims to offer a safe environment for employees through training courses on how to deal with fire incidents, heatstroke, pesticides, and laboratories among others. “The health and occupational safety programme came in order to raise the safety level among ministry’s workers from any threats of danger in their work,” Dr Mohammed bin Saif Al Kuwari, Director of the Municipal and Environmental and Municipal Studies Center at the ministry, said yesterday at a press conference held at the Ministry headquarters.
22-May-17 The Peninsula Compiled by www.GroupL.ae
ITA CELEBRATES GRADUATION OF 47 OMANIS IN MOBILE APPLICATIONS DEVELOPMENT
The Information Technology Authority (ITA) celebrated the graduation of the fourth batch of Sas Centre for Mobile Apps Development last week. The batch consisted of 47 Omanis. The students underwent a three-month training programme on three operating systems: iOS, Android and Hybrid, resulting in the production of 23 mobile applications, stated a press release.
22-May-17 Muscat Daily Compiled by www.GroupL.ae
MTC SIGNS JOB TRAINING PACT WITH OMAN AIR
he Military Technical College (MTC) signed an on-job training agreement with Oman Air in the presence of Air Vice Marshal Mattar bin Ali al Obaidani, Commander of the Royal Air Force of Oman (RAFO) and chairman of the MTC Board of Directors. As per the agreement, MTC aviation engineering outputs will be provided with on-job training at Muscat International Airport as per the international maintenance standards. The signing ceremony was attended by MTC’s assistant dean for Finance and Logistics Services and officials from both sides.
24-May-17 Muscat Daily Compiled by www.GroupL.ae
580 school teachers get training on cyber safety
Some 580 teachers from more than 300 private, public, and international schools across Qatar have completed the Haseen Internet safety and security awareness programme for students. The Ministry of Transport and Communications (MOTC) has collaborated with the Ministry of Education and Higher Education (MoEH) to make Arabic and English cyber safety multimedia content available which can be integrated into subject classes.
24-May-17 The Peninsula Compiled by www.GroupL.ae
Al Shirawi partners with US roofing contractors
Al Shirawi Contracting Company, the UAE’s leading waterproofing specialist, has become the first local company to employ the training services of the US-based National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA), an international authority in the roofing industry for information, education, technology and advocacy. The partnership with NRCA will help educate its employees on the latest global practices and enable them to design, recommend and install high-performing waterproofing systems for projects in the UAE.
24-May-17 Trade Arabia Compiled by www.GroupL.ae
Jafza, Danube to train unskilled workers
Jebel Ali Free Zone (Jafza), the UAE’s flagship trade and logistics hub and Danube Group along with representative of the CDA have opened a classroom at the Jafza south zone to train and develop unskilled workers.
26-May-17 Trade Arabia Compiled by www.GroupL.ae
Saudis receiving nuclear training in Argentina: Envoy
Saudis are being trained in Argentina under a new nuclear cooperation agreement with the Kingdom, Argentinian Ambassador Jaime Sergio Cerda told Arab News Thursday at his country’s national day reception at Tuwaiq Palace in Riyadh. The agreement is aimed at developing the use of nuclear energy to produce electricity, he said, adding that Saudis are exchanging expertise with experts in Buenos Aires.
28-May-17 Arab News Compiled by www.GroupL.ae
ROP AND OMAN LNG INTRODUCE NOVEL DRIVING SIMULATORS
The Royal Oman Police (ROP) and Oman LNG inaugurated three state-of-the-art driving simulators at the Traffic Safety Institute in Muscat. The driving simulators enhance the road safety training experience provided through ROP’s extensive training programmes to ensure the participants receive top-of-the-line practical training and learning experience. The simulators re-enact real-life traffic scenarios including the impact during collisions and other road accidents, stated a press release.
29-May-17 Muscat Daily Compiled by www.GroupL.ae
Jharkhand tribal school dropouts train for Gulf jobs
Kalyan Gurukul is run by PanIIT Alumni Reach for India Foundation (PARFI), sponsored by the state government and the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) of the government of India. The institute began operations in October 2013 with a batch of 19 with the aim of training tribal youth as well as those from other economically-backward sections of society who had dropped out of schools. The government has opened 10 similar training centres across the state. Many of Gurukul students now work in Dubai, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Qatar.
29-May-17 The Peninsula Compiled by www.GroupL.ae

HR News - GCC - June 2017

UAE’s new workplace health and safety standards ‘will attract more skilled workers’
New standards of workplace health and safety brought in this year will reduce accidents and unsafe working procedures, and attract more skilled workers to the country. Steps being taken to ­improve standards have been discussed at the first national forum for safety and occupational health in Dubai. A tightening of employment protocols and improved reporting of injuries at work will highlight weak spots in need of attention to improve workers’ rights and professional health.
25-Apr-17 The National Compiled by www.GroupL.ae
Saudi signs deal to localize 200,000 jobs in transport sector
he Ministry of Labor and Social Development, and the General Authority for Transport have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to localize some 200,000 jobs in the car rental and transport sector, according to the Saudi Press Agency (SPA). According to the deal, training and contractual programs will be implemented in cooperation with agencies specialized in the transport sector. The deal reportedly seeks to localize jobs in points of sales (POS) of the car rental sector where job opportunities are estimated at more than 10,000. 
26-Apr-17 Zawya Compiled by www.GroupL.ae
UAE Minister of Culture praises hard work, dedication of labourers in building the country
The contribution made by labourers in helping to build the UAE was praised yesterday by Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak, the Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development. He was speaking to thousands of labourers at the Al Dar Camp 3 on Yas Island, as part of early celebrations to mark International Labour Day in the capital. Sheikh Nahyan thanked them for their hard work over the years, which he said had played an important role in transforming the country.
28-Apr-17 The National Compiled by www.GroupL.ae
UAE companies not allowed to reclaim costs of recruiting employees
No employer is permitted to reclaim their costs in recruiting and employing any employee so SAZ is not obliged to make any payment to this company for them to cancel the residency visa. This was set out in Ministerial Order 52 of 1989, Article 6 which makes it clear that all expenses incurred in taking on an employee must be borne by the employer and cannot be passed on. This applies even if an employer has asked an employee to sign paperwork to that effect as that would contravene UAE law. Those asked to do so should contact the Ministry of Labour & Emiratisation on 800 665
29-Apr-17 The National Compiled by www.GroupL.ae
Car rental firms ask for time to apply Saudization
Owners of car rental offices have called on the Ministry of Labor and Social Development to give them sufficient time to prepare for implementing the decision to Saudize the sector. The ministry on Thursday announced that all jobs in car rental companies would be restricted to Saudi nationals. It however did not specify a deadline for implementing the decision.
30-Apr-17 Zawya Compiled by www.GroupL.ae
40% of employees prepared to act 'unethically' for the sake of job growth
According to a new survey by professional services firm EY, nearly half (40 per cent) of people in the UAE and the rest of the region are willing to “act unethically” to improve their own career progression. About two in five also believe that their co-workers would be prepared to do the same just for the sake of advancing their career, while 36 per cent are willing to offer cash payments in order to win business. And while many people are aware of their  colleagues resorting to ethical misconduct, they’re opting to stay silent about it.
30-Apr-17 Gulf News Compiled by www.GroupL.ae
Fourth industrial revolution: Giving youth the skills they need for jobs of tomorrow
The MENA region needs to create 100 million jobs in the next decade to simply absorb the growing population says the World Bank. Yet, even in fast-growing and emerging market economies, employers are reporting a gap between the talent they need and that which is actually available on the market. In short, economic growth and job creation are being impacted by the paradox of both an unemployment challenge and a skills crisis as firms struggle to recruit trained, role-specific talent. As countries like Saudi Arabia strive to bridge the gaps between jobs, skills and access to talent, it is vital that the public and private sectors work together with civil society to ensure young people are empowered.
01-May-17 Al Arabiya Compiled by www.GroupL.ae
6 things you shouldn't do at your Dubai workplace
The local job market in the UAE will see an improvement in 2017 with 69 percent of employers planning to hire in a year's time. According to our recent story, job seekers in the UAE may have good times ahead. We have listed few things you shouldn't do at your workplace to ensure you don't get fired. Don't poke fun at your colleagues; Say no to controversial social media posts; Don't go missing from office; Desist from anger; Being a social media butterfly; Never say "It's not my job"
01-May-17 Khaleej Times Compiled by www.GroupL.ae
Unpaid Dubai workers to get salary after police intervenes
Around 250 workers gathered in front of a Dubai-based contracting company in Al Quoz area behind Al Khail Gate on Monday. They held a peaceful protest demanding payment of their pending salaries. The Dubai Police as well as labour committee authorities and workers' representatives rushed to the spot. They called the new owner of the company and ensured that the problem is solved at the earliest. The new owner of the company promised to pay the accumulated unpaid salaries to the workers within the next two days.
02-May-17 Khaleej Times Compiled by www.GroupL.ae
Oman to announce new labour law rules soon
Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser Al Bakri, the Minister of Manpower, said discussions were now at an end and findings would be presented "soon". Amending the labour laws in the country was seen as an integral part of freeing up the movement of labour and bolstering the economy.
02-May-17 Zawya Compiled by www.GroupL.ae
More jobs in insurance sector to be nationalized: SAMA governor
Technical and managerial jobs in the insurance sector will be soon nationalized, according to Ahmed Al-Kholifey, governor of the Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority (SAMA). “About 58 percent of the jobs in the insurance and reinsurance companies have so far been Saudized,” he said during his opening speech at the 4th Saudi Insurance Symposium in Riyadh on Sunday.
02-May-17 Saudi Gazette Compiled by www.GroupL.ae
Qatar sees a rise in job change applications
The Department of Human Rights at the Ministry of Interior approved a total of 2,367 applications for job transfer — temporary and permanent — in 2016 showing a rise of around 34 percent compared to the previous year, which saw 1,762 applications, said a senior official from the Ministry. 
02-May-17 The Peninsula Compiled by www.GroupL.ae
Head online to find your first job
Dropping your CV at a company's reception in person might not have as much of an impact today as it did a few years ago, especially since the majority of job seekers in the region all land their first jobs through online job sites. Young job seekers, competing in the region for entry-level positions, said that online job sites were their favoured method of finding jobs, followed by social media, and company websites.
02-May-17 Khaleej Times Compiled by www.GroupL.ae
GCC housekeepers divided on labour outsourcing
Outsourcing housekeeping services is inevitable in the Middle East, although both the timing of this eventuality and the ratio of permanent to outsourced staff may differ, according to country, city, brand or individual hotel; this was the conclusion reached by a particularly spirited panel discussion tackling “What’s the Solution to the Casual Staff Issue?” during the 2017 Hotelier Executive Housekeeper Forum held on May 3, at the Grosvenor House in Dubai.
04-May-17 Hotelier Middle East Compiled by www.GroupL.ae
Nine companies receive labour happiness awards
In line with the national happiness and positivity initiative, nine establishments were awarded on Tuesday evening for meeting the objectives of the Labour Happiness Programme set by the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MOHRE). The ‘Happiest Work Environment’ award went to Al Naboodah Contracting Co LLC and Sharjah Cooperative Society, the ‘Best Activities and Initiatives’ award went to Al Fahim Foundation, while Majid Al Futtaim Retail - UAE won the ‘Happiest Work Environment for Human Resources’ award.
03-May-17 Gulf News Compiled by www.GroupL.ae
Saudi Entertainment sector helps boost economy, social cohesion
General Authority for Entertainment (GAE)  is among the top job-generating and skill-supporting sector. It has also played a role in instilling the concept of volunteering, and in linking job seekers to businessmen, thus contributing to helping realize the Saudi Vision 2030, the report said. GAE will go continue its programs and further boost the entertainment industry, and will seek to partner with the private sector, thus becoming a key job provider for Saudi youths, the report said. GAE has so far provided some 20,000 jobs in this sector since its inception and supported some 106 events with visitors exceeding 2.3 million, the report said.
08-May-17 Zawya Compiled by www.GroupL.ae
Emiratis looking to private sector careers
Better career growth, diverse work environments and attractive salaries are encouraging more Emiratis to seek jobs in the private sector. A survey of 275 Emirati job seekers, carried out by TASC Outsourcing, found 57 per cent showed an interest in working in the private sector, with 43 per cent looking at job opportunities in the public sector. Most Emirati candidates believe the private sector provides better training support to improve skills as compared to the public sector, the survey found.
10-May-17 The National Compiled by www.GroupL.ae
Expats out, Saudis in – Ministry to dismiss all foreign public sector employees
Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Civil Service has asked all ministries and government departments to get rid of all expatriate workers within three years, according to deputy minister Abdullah Al-Melfi. The ministry said that there were currently 70,000 expats in the public sector at the end of last year. The meeting, which focused on the Saudization plan by 2020, was followed by a workshop titled “Job nationalisation.”
11-May-17 Independent Compiled by www.GroupL.ae
Ban on recruiting foreign dentists means more jobs for Saudis
Saudi Arabia’s labour and social development ministry has stopped recruiting foreign dentists in a bid to provide better employment opportunities for Saudis. The decision followed a coordination meeting between the labour and health ministries to look into ways to motivate the private sector to hire Saudi men and women to work in the health sector. The ministries said they looked forward to the private sector offering training sessions and workshops for Saudis to boost their employment chances in health sector. According to figures released by the Saudi daily Okaz on Wednesday, Saudi Arabia has more than 13,500 dentists.
11-May-17 Gulf News Compiled by www.GroupL.ae
32,000 residency violators leave KSA, 100,000 arrested
The Ministry of Interior has revealed that more than 32,000 illegal expatriates have left the country since the beginning of the government campaign “A Nation Without Illegal Expatriates” that was launched on March 29. It said it has arrested 100,000 violators of the country’s residency laws since the launch of the campaign. The drive entailed an amnesty period of 90 days, during which illegal expatriates can leave the country without being subjected to any penalties.
11-May-17 Arab News Compiled by www.GroupL.ae
Kuwait Deports 2,000 Expats
The crackdown on foreign labor has just started as 2,000 expats were deported from Kuwait in the first quarter of 2017. It has also been reported that a further 19,000 to 29,000 expats have been deported last year by Kuwaiti authorities. Safa Al Hashem, Kuwait’s only female MP, is notorious for her harsh comments against expats. She called for a road tax on foreigners as a way to manage traffic in Kuwait.
12-May-17 Albawaba Compiled by www.GroupL.ae
Riyadh Marriott Hotel supports Saudization initiative
A major initiative to support Saudization of the workforce within the framework of the Saudi Vision 2030 was launched by the Riyadh Marriott Hotel recently. “The move is to help young Saudis to get a foothold in the country’s hotel sector,” said Muin Serhan, general manager of Riyadh Marriott Hotel & Marriott Executive Apartments. Serhan said the Marriott’s initiative will cut reliance on foreign workers in hotel industry in general, and in the local Marriott Hotel and Marriott Executive Apartments in particular. Through “Voyager Program,” Marriott hopes to offer employability skills training to young people that will enable them to take up jobs in Riyadh Marriott Hotel as well as in hospitality industry across the Kingdom, he added.
12-May-17 Arab News Compiled by www.GroupL.ae
Poor education and training to blame for shortage of Saudi nurses, says official
More than 87,000 nurses of different nationalities work in the Kingdom. Only a few of them are Saudis. The acute shortage of Saudi nurses is blamed on the poor standard of nursing education in the Kingdom as many of the graduates fail tests being conducted by the Saudi Commission for Health Specialties (SCFHS).
14-May-17 Saudi Gazette Compiled by www.GroupL.ae
SmartLife organises talent show for labourers
SmartLife, a non-governmental organisation (NGO) licensed by the Community Development Authority (CDA) – Dubai, has organised a competition, Smart Idol, to showcase the talents of emirate’s blue-collar labourers. Smart Idol takes place over nine months, where more than 1,500 labourers from Dubai are auditioned from over 15 labour camps with their singing and dancing talents in the preliminary rounds.
15-May-17 Construction Week Compiled by www.GroupL.ae
Worker protests come down by two-third in Dubai
Worker protests over delayed salaries and accommodation have plummeted by more than two-third in the first quarter of this year as compared to the same period last year, Dubai authorities said on Tuesday. The sharp decline to six worker disputes in the first three months of this year as compared to 19 protests in the first quarter in 2016 was attributed to an intensive campaign to educate employees about their rights and responsibilities.
16-May-17 Gulf News Compiled by www.GroupL.ae
Saudi offers reward upto SR50,000 for reporting illegal expats
Security authorities in Saudi Arabia said they would reward anyone who reports residency or labour violations involving expatriates, according to Gulf News daily. The reward could reach up to SR50,000, Jamaan bin Ahmad Al Ghamidi, consultant to public security, said at a town hall meeting with officials, tribe leaders and education and media figures in Al Baha in the southwest of the kingdom. However, Al Ghamidi warned there would be zero tolerance towards anyone who employs or harbours any foreigner staying illegally in the country.
16-May-17 GDN Online Compiled by www.GroupL.ae
Kuwait to replace all expat teachers?
A Kuwaiti lawmaker has called for replacing expatriate teachers with Kuwaiti nationals in a bid to reduce the number of foreigners in the northern Arabian Gulf state. MP Osama Al Shaheen said that there was an urgent need to address the demographic imbalance and suggested that removing foreign teacher would contribute to solutions. "The number of foreigners, according to the figures released in April is 3,064,193, and they represent 69 per cent of the total population," he said.
17-May-17 Gulf News Compiled by www.GroupL.ae
Omanisation hampered by high number of school dropouts
Oman’s ministry of manpower says it has 6,129 school dropouts registered as job seekers, but the total could be more than twice that number, according to the statistics available in the ministry of education and experts. Anyone leaving school without a secondary school diploma is defined as a school dropout. The diploma is issued at the end of standard 12, when students are 18. Without one, they cannot apply to university.
17-May-17 The National Compiled by www.GroupL.ae
Bangladesh to tighten background check on UAE jobseekers
The move is part of Bangladesh's efforts to curb crime rates and ease work visa restrictions on its citizens wanting to take up jobs in the emirate. The Bangladeshi government will tighten background checks on its citizens coming to the UAE for employment, a top diplomat has told Khaleej Times.
19-May-17 Khaleej Times Compiled by www.GroupL.ae
Small firms are big job creators
Small firms, employing less than 10 people, have emerged as major job creators in the country. Total number of people working in such firms increased to 66,000 in 2015 from 49,700 in 2010, showing a robust rise of 34.6 percent, according to a report released by the Ministry of Economy and Commerce, yesterday. The report covered role of development of enterprises in Qatar employing three to nine workers. The number of such small firms increased by 2,900 during 2010 to 2015.
19-May-17 The Peninsula Compiled by www.GroupL.ae
Permits for hiring expat labour in Oman to be facilitated
A joint meeting between Dr Ali bin Masoud Al Sunaidy, Minister of Commerce and Industry and Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser Al Bakri, Minister of Manpower agreed to facilitate and accelerate the procedures of investors for obtaining permits for expatriate manpower though investment services centre which was recently established within the Ministry of Commerce and Industry. 
20-May-17 Times of Oman Compiled by www.GroupL.ae
Staff retention is big challenge to Emiratisation, study finds
Almost half of 500 companies surveyed say their Emirati employees quit within three years, posing a major challenge to Emiratisation. Nearly one in five companies, or 18.7 per cent, said Emiratis on average stayed between one and two years, while 17.3 per cent of employers said they quit within 12 months. And 25.9 per cent of the companies surveyed said they had lost between 11 and 50 per cent of their Emirati workforce in the past year.
21-May-17 The National Compiled by www.GroupL.ae
Signboards at Dubai construction sites to inform workers of rights
Dubai Police will place posters and signboards at construction sites and workers’ camps to educate them about their rights and who to contact in case of disputes. “Workers in Dubai can contact police on 901 in case of protests or any workers’ problems. The posters will be placed at all construction sites in Dubai this year in three languages, Arabic, English and Urdu,” Colonel Abdul Rahman Al Shaer, director of Human Trafficking Monitoring Department in Dubai police said on Tuesday.
23-May-17 Gulf News Compiled by www.GroupL.ae
Erring recruitment offices under the scanner in Saudi
The Ministry of Labor and Social Development (MLSD) dealt with 174 customers’ complaints against recruitment offices and companies from January to April, calling upon everyone to report any violation in this regard through the official channels. Khaled Abalkhail, spokesman for the MLSD, said: «During the raids, around 14 recruitment offices were permanently closed down and another 40 faced temporary shutdown due to that the fact they were in violation of the recruitment rules and regulations. They also did not honor the contracts signed with customers.»
24-May-17 Zawya Compiled by www.GroupL.ae
Saudization of mall jobs a huge success: official
Saudization at Jeddah malls has reached 50 percent, said Mohammed Alawi, chairman of the committee for commercial centers at Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry. He commended the Ministry of Labor and Social Development for nationalizing jobs in the sector. “Salaries given to Saudi workers will be spent inside the country,” he pointed out.
24-May-17 Zawya Compiled by www.GroupL.ae
Saudi cleaning firm forced to pay delayed salaries to hundreds of workers
Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Labour and Social Development has forced a cleaning and maintenance firm to release overdue payments to 450 workers, according to reports. Saudi Gazette cited Hamad Al-Jahil, director of the labor office in Unaizah, as confirming the move, which followed worker unrest at the company’s premises. He said the office had received several complaints from workers, who had stopped work after not receiving their salaries for months, it was reported. After payment was received the staff returned to work, Al-Jahil added.
25-May-17 Gulf Business Compiled by www.GroupL.ae
Saudi Labor minister signs agreement to recruit Kenyan workers
The Saudi Minister of Labor and Social Development, Ali bin Nasser Al-Ghafees, and his Kenyan counterpart on Thursday signed an agreement for the recruitment of Kenyan domestic workers to meet growing demand for experienced and skilled domestic workers from labor-sending countries. The agreement provides for a legal framework to enhance cooperation between the parties, protect the rights of employers and domestic workers, regulate their contractual relationship, facilitate the recruitment and employment process, and control recruitment costs in both countries.
26-May-17 Zawya Compiled by www.GroupL.ae
More skilled Bangladeshis looking towards UAE
Semi-skilled workers make up the majority of Bangladeshi expatriates in the UAE at present, but a top diplomat said this is likely to change soon as more and more skilled workers look to make the UAE their home. “Historically, about 80 per cent of Bangladeshi expatriates have been semi-skilled. But now, a new crop of workers with advanced skill sets and knowledge are looking for jobs in the UAE, and these include specialist doctors, teachers, banking executives and renewable energy experts,” Mohammad Imran, Bangladeshi Ambassador to the UAE, told Gulf News.
27-May-17 Zawya Compiled by www.GroupL.ae