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Dubai Duty Free to rehire over 600 Filipino workers

Business Dubai 24 Nov 21
Dubai Duty Free to rehire over 600 Filipino workers
Jobs of Filipino workers who were displaced due to the pandemic will be restored, says Philippine Labour Department official.
Event Location
Dubai, Dubai
Start Time
24 November 2021, 12:00 AM
End Time
30 November 2021, 12:00 AM

Employment opportunities await jobseekers and pandemic-displaced overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) amid the reopening of economy at the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the Labour department shared in a news release.

Dubai Duty Free shops will rehire more than 600 OFWs who were formerly employed, said Labour Attaché John Rio Bautista of the Philippine Overseas Labour Office (POLO) in Dubai.

“During the pandemic, Dubai Duty Free needed to lay off some workers. But with the revival of the economy here, the management reached out to us and we have a special facilitation for them. More than 600 Filipino workers will be coming back and their salary is competitive. Every week, we process not less than 100 contracts for OFWs who will be rehired,” Bautista said in a virtual briefing on Friday.

“The initial implementation of the memorandum of understanding between the Philippines and UAE is really fruitful. The benefits for our HSWs, as instructed by President Duterte, is stated in the comprehensive employment contract. For instance, the provision of the minimum wage amounting to 1,500 dirhams,” Bautista said.

Aside from opportunities in the retail sector, Bautista said the health sector also expressed interest to hire Filipino professionals.

Meanwhile, over 8,000 job orders for household service workers (HSWs) have been verified by POLO since early April and around 6,000 to 7,000 of them have already arrived in Dubai.

The Labour department reminded overseas jobseekers to go through the proper process and to visit the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration’s website to verify the legitimacy of job offers.

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