UAE nationals make up 36% of Etisalat staff

Company will employ more locals as part of Emiratisation commitment

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UAE nationals make up 36% of Etisalat staff Etisalat presently employs 3,600 UAE Nationals. (Getty Images)
By  Vineetha Menon Published  March 29, 2010

Emiratis represent about 36% of Etisalat's employees in the United Arab Emirates.

Out of their 10,000 strong staff, 3,600 are UAE Nationals and the telco is now focused on increasing that number through new recruitment drives to aim draw in talented UAE national candidates. Board members at Etisalat have declared 2010 as the year of Increasing Emiratisation and Excellence in Customer Care.

Speaking at the Careers UAE 2010 that kicked off yesterday at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre, Etisalat's chief human resources officer Abdul Aziz Al Sawaleh said the company is keen to attract a larger number of talented UAE nationals  and would provide candidates with professional training, based on their educational qualifications, in order to boost their skills. Candidates however need to be high school graduates at the very least.

"Etisalat trains and recruits a large number of UAE nationals every year and today, more than 3600 Etisalat employees are from the UAE - which is 36% of the total Etisalat staff count. 75% of higher management positions constitute the UAE nationals. Amongst Etisalat's senior management team, 95% originate from the United Arab Emirates," said Sawaleh.

UAE nationals are also being recruited to support Etisalat's expansion plans in new markets such as Africa, Pakistan and Sudan, with the company revealing that its international operations are presently led by more than 70 Emiratis.

Rival operator Du is also participating at this year's Careers UAE fair where interested candidates visiting the stand will be recorded as part of the job interview process, and the videos submitted as applications for Du's Masar development programme. The HR and National Recruitment and Development departments within the company will then review submissions and select the best candidates to join Masar.

 

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