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Qatar ramps up recruitment drive ahead of World Cup

With just over 100 days until the start of the tournament, the World Cup Qatar 2022 is looking to hire thousands of temporary workers to help stage the Middle East’s largest ever sports event. Regional competition for talent remains high, but Qatar has so far resisted offering inflated salaries to lure cross-border workers. French hotel […]

Dubai workers return to office in their droves as rents rise

Four in every five professionals in Dubai have returned to the office as Covid restrictions ease. The return is one of the highest rates across the Middle East and Europe. New research from real estate consultants Savills shows there is significant geographic variation in office utilisation levels. An average of 80 percent of workers are […]

Tech workers reap big salaries amid urgent skill shortage

Dubai-based software engineers can earn up to 30 percent more than similar workers in rival tech hubs in Europe, due to an ongoing skills shortage within the sector across the Middle East. Amanda Line, a partner at global consultancy firm PwC, said that the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region needs to create 300 […]

The number of expats in Saudi Arabia fell but female nationals found more work

Saudi unemployment rate drops as over 1 million expats leave

The unemployment rate among Saudi nationals, especially women, continues to decline, as the latest data from the Saudi General Authority for Statistics (GASTAT) also showed that over a million expats left the kingdom during the pandemic. The population at the mid-year point in 2021 was 34.1 million, a 2.6 percent year-on-year decrease. Foreign workers and […]

UK agency inks first Jordan deal to create 4,000 jobs

UK Export Finance (UKEF), the government’s export credit agency, has announced its first deal in Jordan to support the largest clothes manufacturer in the Middle East and North Africa in the construction of new factories and a corporate office in Aqaba. The deal with Classic Fashion Apparel Industry, worth £66 million, will facilitate the building […]

Tesla vehicles at a sales and service center in Vista, California

Tesla closes office as layoff hits Autopilot jobs

Tesla has shuttered its office in San Mateo, California and laid off roughly 200 employees working on its Autopilot driver-assistant system there, one of the people told Reuters, in a move seen as accelerating cost-cutting. Most of the laid-off people had been hourly workers, that person said. Early this month, Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk […]

Volt Bank CEO Steve Weston

Volt, Australia’s first online-only bank, shuts down

Volt Bank Ltd, the first exclusively online bank to gain an Australian banking licence, said on Tuesday it would shut down, returning deposits and selling its mortgage book after failing to raise sufficient funds to support the business. Its collapse is a further blow to a business model that the Australian government and regulators promoted […]

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Hotelier recruiting 12,000 workers for World Cup

Hotel operator Accor is recruiting 12,000 temporary overseas employees to operate 65,000 empty rooms in apartments and homes in Qatar as temporary fan housing for the 2022 soccer World Cup, its chairman and CEO Sébastien Bazin told Reuters. Qatar is working to avoid an accommodation shortage during the tournament and has hired Accor, Europe’s largest […]

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Erdogan says Turkey to review minimum wage due to inflation

President Tayyip Erdogan said he has asked the Labour Ministry to review the minimum wage in Turkey due to persistently high inflation, after hiking it by 50 percent at the end of last year. Speaking after a cabinet meeting, Erdogan said the ministry would finalise work on the issue this week and he would make […]

The rate of job creation in the UAE has been insufficient to avoid constraints on business capacity

You just can’t get the staff: firms in race to meet demand

Businesses in the United Arab Emirates’ non-oil sector are struggling to recruit enough staff to keep up with rising demand. The latest monthly S&P Global UAE Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) reported that business activity was at a five-month high in May. “The rate of job creation was the fastest seen for seven months but was […]

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Delivery drivers deserve ‘a steady income’, say UAE operators

Motoboy, a Dubai-based delivery operator who entered the market in December last year, believes all drivers in the sector should be paid a fair wage and should not be expected to cover operating expenses for their employers. In early May, delivery drivers at Talabat, the Middle East unit of Germany’s Delivery Hero, and British operator […]

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Tesla in China hiring drive, despite Musk’s threat of job cuts

Tesla was proceeding with an online hiring event in China on Thursday and added two dozen new job postings for the country, a week after Elon Musk threatened job cuts at the electric car maker and said the company was “overstaffed” in some areas. Tesla plans to hold the event online starting from 7 p.m. […]

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Elon Musk tells Tesla staff: return to office or leave

Tesla Inc Chief Executive Elon Musk has asked employees to return to the office or leave the company, according to an email sent to employees and seen by Reuters. “Everyone at Tesla is required to spend a minimum of 40 hours in the office per week,” Musk wrote in the email sent on Tuesday night. […]

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Make it happen: Get ahead in the Gulf with our networking advice

This month’s guide on how to succeed in the Middle East offers essential tips on business practices and social etiquette The Middle East is rich in opportunity for businessmen and women, but entrepreneurs keen to forge partnerships need to remember that norms and practices can vary from those in Europe or the US. The region […]

Talabat riders refused to work over their pay and working conditions. Picture: Twitter

Food drivers stage walk-out over pay inspired by Deliveroo

Foreign food delivery workers in the United Arab Emirates staged a mass walk-out yesterday, calling for better pay and working conditions in a rare instance of industrial action in the country. The strike follows similar action this month in which foreign workers forced another company to suspend plans to cut pay. In the latest episode, […]