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Irreconcilable differences?

Irreconcilable differences?

There isn’t much point to, well, pointing fingers, if it’s not breaking any barriers or glass ceilings, says Precious de Leon


March 20, 2011 5:01 by

As the National Career Exhibition in Dubai opens this week, the hope is there will be equal pressure from both sides to give local hires the same opportunities as any other applicants. As they much as they must be treated with the same scrutiny in qualifications, they must also be given the same opportunity to compete in the general job market.

Otherwise, what kind of marriage would it be if it was all about finger-pointing and blame games?

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  1. Matthew Blair on March 21, 2011 6:52 am

    While there is a lot of truth in the numbers quoted on job availablity a crucial factor in the Middle East is that an expatriate is more likely to be cheaper to hire; is ususally considered more reliable [controlable] as he seldom has another source of income to support himself or a family; he is constrained by the laws on residence rights and movement of contract;has less expectations on rapid promotion and unfortunately in comaparison to a “local” there is a perception that he will be more hard working.

  2. Andrew on March 22, 2011 7:07 am

    Finding qualified locals in any of those countries isn’t the issue. Finding ones that are willing to actually *work* instead of dossing about in cushy public sector jobs is.


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