Contracts for locals to curb job switches

ABU DHABI — Fresh national recruits should enter into at least a years' job contract with their employers to help curb the tendency among nationals to switch jobs or resign within months of joining a company, a senior banking official suggested yesterday.

By Anjana Sankar

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Published: Thu 7 Apr 2005, 10:19 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 6:58 PM

Salem Moh'd Al Kathairi, Emiratisation Officer of the Union National Bank, said: 'This is one big challenge that we face in achieving our emiratisation target. In terms of recruiting nationals, we have achieved the set target of 38 per cent. But when a head count is taken, it works out to only 20 per cent, mainly because many nationals quit after staying for a few months.'

Al Kathairi's suggestion came in a chat with Khaleej Times on the sidelines of a Press conference to announce the placement of two students of Abu Dhabi Womens' College in Bahrain. Under the sponsorship of the Union National Bank, Salama Ali Saleh Amro and Mariam Rashid Saeed Al Zaabi will work in Bahrain's Central Informatics Organisation (CIO), which is developing e-government services in the country.

Pointing to the fact that the 'quitting' tendency was seen more among males, Kathairi said other companies were also to blame. 'We recruit fresh graduates and train them in the job. And before they complete a year, competitive companies or banks lure them with better packages. This adversely affects the organisation which invests in an employer. An employment contract that asks them to stay with the company for at least a year will prove advantageous for both the employer and the employee in the long run,' he said.

In the same breath, Kathairi emphasised that banks were not insisting on job contracts so as to attract young UAE nationals to join the country's workforce.

Elaborating further on the problems of emiratisation, Kathairi said young graduates fail to cope up with the work pressure and resign, showing no patience to learn the necessary skills.

'Some think that banking hours (7.30am to 3pm) and the six-day week is too inconvenient,' he added.

On the importance of work placement programmes with colleges, Kathairi said it prepares the student to face challenges in a multinational work atmosphere. 'Union National Bank regularly provides work placements for students allowing them the benefit of work experience with the finance industry,' he said.

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