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Ruthless recruiters deserve exposure

Ruthless recruiters deserve exposure

Credit where credit’s due: A new Gulf News report has earned Kipp’s respect and appreciation as it targets unscrupulous recruitment firms in the UAE.

September 30, 2010 2:59 by

Gulf News has published a story that deserves as much recognition as possible. The paper has conducted an investigation into recruitment rackets – that is, phony recruitment firms whose modus operandi is to fleece unsuspecting job hunters by charging them “administration fees,” “visa costs,” and “processing fees” without any intention of either seeking or providing work.

It’s an industry right under our noses that many of us have encountered, and Kipp – having come across one of these agencies years ago – is kicking itself for not thinking of the story first.

The paper’s plan was simple: A reporter created a fake and truly terrible CV (which included phrases such as “I bring about a steady erosion of values and company ethics… and have hastened the doom of many companies in the past,” and claims that the candidate makes “perilous graphics and inconsistent logos”) and then submitted the CV to a number of employment agencies.

The response was disturbing. The reporter was invited to two agencies, where at Dubai Gate Management Consultancy and Employment Services a member of staff praised the CV and said “We will land you a good job with Dh15,000-Dh16,000 salary, but you have to first pay Dh300 as urgent registration fee.” At the second, Al Aidy Al Mahirah Employment & Management Consult Services, again the staff were impressed with the disastrous CV. “Impressive, you’re just the kind of candidate our client is looking for,” said the recruiter, nodding approvingly before asking the candidate to pay Dh100 as registration fee. “You will get an interview call by tomorrow.” The reporter paid the money, but of course, no job was forthcoming.

It gets better. Leaving the dumbed-down CV behind, the reporter contacted a number of other agencies looking for ridiculous positions, including a hotel manager-cum-outdoor salesman (which Foreigners Employment Management & Consultancy said they had available), and a dentist-cum-accountant (New Future confirmed they had just such an opening). One (Waseela) even had need of elephant trainers. “If you want me to send you to our company’s branch office outside the UAE then you have to make a visa payment of Dh300,” said the recruiter. “We do have our company branch in Canada. We have a whole veterinary hospital there and institute… including zoo… there we have more than 300-400 elephants… and not just elephants but other animals also… we have many trainers but we are looking for more trainers. If you pay us Dh300 we can send you to Canada within 15 to 20 days and also give you a one-way ticket.”

Yes that’s right, one agency promised an elephant training job abroad at a zoo with between 300 and 400 elephants.

At Dubai Gate the reporter noted a total of nine phones on just one of the desks – presumably each phone line belongs to a number of advertisements. The scale of the fraud is shocking, and this deception is perhaps all the more evil as it preys on people desperately seeking work. Kipp is grateful to Gulf News for drawing people’s attention to the crime.

Have you ever come across these unscrupulous practices? What can be done to stop them?

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  1. ashish on October 3, 2010 7:53 am

    Sad but true, last year I was approaced by a similar agency , told a high level opportunity was available and a job interview will be lined up in a few days..was asked to pay a registration fee and then rest is history..the office was in the hotel building next o trade tower and the girl was sara.. they even have a website, will post latter about the site

  2. Ayah on October 3, 2010 8:38 am

    I have been fooled by them telling me that there is a work in JAFZA w/ salary of 7K-10K but said that I have to pay for them AED 300 for fixing the CV as per the employers criteria. After paying the amount she said that she will send me a copy of CV by the next day as well as the company information. days, weeks, months and even yrs. have passed and nothing. tried emailing and calling them but there is no reply in my emails and when they answer they put you on hold for long time or transfer you from one line to another.this resulted me on paying fines on my credit card and I dodn’t tell my husband about it because I know that he will get angry especially that we are having financial problems that time and I am desperarate to go back on working. Should have just spent it on my child’s milk or food. The authorities should investigate and do somthing about this kind of people, ripping other people’s hard earned money and most of the time it’s just a borrowed money hoping to have a good decent job.

  3. Twyla on October 4, 2010 7:26 am

    Ashish, was it **** ********. I have had a bad experience with them as well. The sad thing is that they give you an appointment and when you land up there, there is a crowd of jobless people with appts. and you are made to wait for 1 – 2 hrs.

  4. Samuel Potter on October 4, 2010 8:05 am

    Apologies from Kipp, but we are unable to post accusations against companies that we can’t verify.

  5. Louise on October 4, 2010 4:17 pm

    Well done Gulf News. We need more of this type of reporting to stamp out unscrupulous operators across a number of industries. What has happened to these dodgy recruitment firms? Would love to see a follow-up story.


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