Odebrecht hires Brazilian workers

Contractor looks to diversify its workforce as labourers from the sub-continent become more difficult to recruit

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By  Conrad Egbert Published  February 18, 2006

Brazilian contractor Odebrecht is set to introduce some Samba spirit to the construction sites of Dubai. The contractor plans to fly in between 50 and 60 construction workers from its home base to kick-start construction of its recently awarded Ras Al Khor creek crossing project. “We are planning to test our South American construction workers in the Middle East,” said Marcelo Jardim, chief executive of Odebrecht Middle East. He added: “The reason for this is because due to India’s growth, it may become a little difficult to get Indian labourers to work here in the near future. We foresee a problem, and these are precautionary measures.” The Brazilian contingent will work alongside staff recruited from other countries on the Indian sub-continent. “Another reason for this is because I am very keen to have a versatile workforce that is made up of people from all over the world. “Different people from various parts of the world are talented in different aspects of construction and we felt that it was a good idea to tap into all the talent that we are able to mobilise,” he said. Odebrecht has recently won a contract for the Ras Al Khor creek crossing project and has tendered for a job at the Abu Dhabi Airport. The firm had previously tendered for the Dubai Metro mega-project, as part of the unsuccessful Metro One consortium, which also included Bombardier of Canada, Arabtec Construction and Parsons Transportation Group of the USA. Since then, it has increasingly focused its efforts in the airports and roads sector. The contractor is an airport specialist having chalked up around 30 major airport construction packages in the past.

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