Etisalat looks to cut 300 UAE jobs

Operator to cut around 3% of UAE staff to save costs

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Etisalat looks to cut 300 UAE jobs Etisalat will make the cuts from its UAE headcount.
By  Mark Sutton Published  December 18, 2010

Etisalat has announced that it will cut 3% of its staff to save costs, according to newspaper The National.

The operator is looking to shed around 300 jobs from its UAE staff of 10,460, to help control its AED 4 billion ($1.08bn) staff bill.

Faiez Awadh, Etisalat's senior vice president of human resources said that the cuts would be "focused on productivity, performance, age and redundancy factors".

"Etisalat has embarked on a limited employee retrenchment programme, which has impacted less than 3% of staff. Naturally, within a corporation which has been in existence for more three decades, we can expect an element of natural reorganisation to occur," he said.

The cuts would be focused on Etisalat's UAE operations, and the operator plans to continue to hire staff for its international operations.

Etisalat is facing rising competition in the UAE from du , the country's second largest provider, which has achieved a 37% share of the market as of the end of August.

2763 days ago
jonny S

I have been involved with Telco for over 20 years. Etisalats focus on reducing the work for by 3% is a common process for tier 1 operators. Read nothing into this. Dont forget Etisalat is the daddy of operators across the region and number 12 in the world. DU on the other hand are owned 50% by Etisalat and to all in tense purposes, play at being a Telco. You can not compare Apples and Oranges. Simply put- Etisalat are premier league and DU - division 1.

2764 days ago
Sainul Edited by

This indicates that Etisalat is tumbled into crisis because of competition with DU. Being decades into service its quiet surprising that Etisalat is not able to withstand the competition with a new company into service. Its doesn't prove the efficiency of DU, more over it proves inefficiency of Etisalat. Etisalat have never bothered about retaining the customers. Its a fact that Etisalat is having the worst customer service support, still they follow a monoplic attitude.

2764 days ago

I believe customers still want to be with etisalat itself because of companies better network infrastructure. But DU was gaining customers only through their tariff's. Etisalat should develop a better stratergy to face the competition. I think they need to be more focused on competitive tariffs and never the less better a customer support.

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