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13th October 2021
Saudi plans to nationalize health professions
The Saudi Minister of Human Resources and Social Development Eng. Ahmed Al-Rajhi has issued new plans to nationalize jobs in the healthcare sector, providing more than 8,500 jobs for citizens. The move is part of the ministry's efforts to provide a stimulating working environment for citizens and expand their participation in the labor market. It will nationalize more professions related to medical labs, radiology, physical therapy and therapeutic nutrition in all medical facilities across the Kingdom. The targeted jobs will be nationalized by 60%. The ministry will also nationalize activities related to medical equipment and devices, including sales, advertising and the introduction of these medical devices. Jobs in this sector will be nationalized by 40 percent in the first phase and 80% in the second. Al-Rajhi's plans will target engineering and technical professions related to medical devices at private sector facilities, which will be nationalized by 30 percent in the first phase and 50 percent in the second. The ministry has also issued procedural manuals to explain the details of these decisions and the necessary mechanisms for their implementation to ensure the facilities' commitment. The two decisions will enter into force on April 11, 2022.
New mobile app to improve quality of life for nursing staff
A digital platform has been launched by the Emirates Health Services to improve the quality of life of nursing staff, develop their work environment, enhance their profession’s attractiveness and ensure the physical and psychological well-being of nursing staff. The We Care smart App will enable nursing staff to benefit from educational resources, communicate with their colleagues and provide feedback efficiently to senior management. It was launched in line with the mental health awareness month, targeting nursing cadres and midwives in order to provide them with psychological and moral support and periodic monitoring of their health fitness. The newly launched platform also aims to provide several tools and techniques that can facilitate communication among nursing staff, help share their success stories and celebrate their achievements.
Workers receive payout after court intervenes
Around 84 employees in Abu Dhabi have received Dh5.2m in overdue wages after the intervention of the mobile labour court. According to labour court officials, the dispute was settled in record time, by facilitating and expediting the registration of the claims, hearing the cases and delivering judgements with the entitlements of each worker separately. A court order was also issued to maintain the workers at their place of residence and prevent their eviction until they received all their entitlements. The concerned authorities were also directed to take the necessary steps to assist workers who wished to transfer their residence to other companies. The resolution is in line with the keeness of the Abu Dhabi Judicial Department (ADJD) to settle labour cases, especially collective disputes, promptly.
Two popular events for education and employment
Preparations for hosting the 23rd National Career Exhibition and the 17th International Education Show (IES), from 19th to 21st October, 2021, have begun. The two events are held under the patronage of H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah. Organised by the Expo Centre Sharjah with the support of the Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the two shows are expected to see the broad participation of Emirati and international academic institutions, in addition to a large presence from government and private agencies, offering various job opportunities to the Emirati youth. Held in cooperation with the UAE Ministry of Education (MoE) and the Sharjah Private Education Authority (SPEA), the IES offers hundreds of the latest education programmes and a wide range of learning options from universities, colleges and institutes of higher education from different countries of the world, most notably the UAE, Malaysia, India and the United Kingdom.
WEAVINK competition to discover local talents
Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Culture has announced it is launching a national competition to bring together creative fashion students to compete to present the best design. The WEAVINK competition, which will be held remotely, is being held in cooperation with the Fashion Commission, the “Year of Arabic Calligraphy 2021” initiative and the Ministry of Education, and is directed at university and scholarship students specializing in design, fashion and other art departments outside the Kingdom. “The competition will be organized as a unique international opportunity for the Kingdom to rediscover the heritage of fashion design and open the way for 200 designers to join the intensive training camp in the first phase, given that it is deeply rooted in Saudi heritage,” the ministry said in a statement.
UBS appoints team of private bankers for Israel
Bloomberg reports that UBS has hired at least a half dozen private bankers from rival Credit Suisse to boost its relationships with wealthy Israelis. The team is headed by Ido Ben-Haim, a managing director and the head for the Israel market at Credit Suisse. At UBS, the team would report to Caroline Kuhnert who leads the bank’s wealth business in Central & Eastern Europe as well as Greece and Israel. The hires help replace Moshe Fisher, who left UBS last month, as head of ultra-high-net-worth clients for Israel. Israel has experienced a wealth boom tied to surging investments in the country’s technology industry. Israeli startups have raised more than $18bn this year, besting a record $10.7bn set last year, according to data from Start-Up Nation Central, a non-profit organization that tracks the sector. More than 50 companies embarked upon initial public offerings this year.
UK job vacancies hit record high
Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures show that job vacancies hit a record high of almost 1.2m in September. The data also reveals a 207,000 increase in the number of people on payrolls, with the total hitting a record 29.2m. This is 120,000 above pre-pandemic levels and up 207,000 on the previous month. The report shows that vacancies grew across most sectors in the three months to September. While unemployment continued to fall, hitting 4.5% in September on the back of a 0.4% decline, the rate is likely to increase due to the furlough scheme winding up at the end of last month. The analysis found that average weekly earnings in the June-August period were 7.2% higher than in the equivalent three months of 2020, down from the previous reading of 8.3%. Excluding bonuses, earnings rose by 6.0%. Chancellor Rishi Sunak said: “The number of expected redundancies remained very low in September, there are more employees on payrolls than ever before and the unemployment rate has fallen for eight months in a row." Darren Morgan, director of economic statistics at the ONS, said: "The jobs market has continued to recover from the effects of the coronavirus, with the number of employees on payroll in September now well exceeding pre-pandemic levels." Reflecting on the ONS data, Yael Selfin, chief UK economist at KPMG, said the end of the furlough scheme "could briefly raise the headline unemployment rate, which could average 4.9% for 2021 as a whole, representing a smaller impact than originally expected."
In world first, drones deliver from roof of Brisbane mall
Wing, a subsidiary of Google’s parent company Alphabet, is experimenting with launching its aircraft from the roof of an Australia mall only steps from the stores providing goods for delivery. In partnership with Vicinity Centres, Wing has made more than 2,500 deliveries from a mall in Logan City to nearby neighbourhoods located south of Brisbane. The Wing drones can carry a cargo of a few kilograms, and up until now had transported items from coffee to snacks and even hardware such as nails or screws.

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