Wednesday, 12 July 2017

UAE: Emirates Denies Plans Of Of Layoffs

Emirates Airline continues to hire new employees and has no immediate plans of cutting back on its existing workforce, a spokesperson has said.

The Dubai-based carrier, which operates flights to more than 150 destinations and 83 countries worldwide, also brushed aside reports on Tuesday that it is laying off “dozens” of its staff to streamline its operations.

The airline, however, confirmed that it has cut back on recruitment of additional personnel, as it utilises existing human resources to maintain its operations.

The Gulf carrier is letting go of “dozens” of its workers, including cabin crew, administration and IT personnel.

The job cuts were reportedly implemented in the last few weeks and affected workers holding middle and upper-level positions.

The career section of the airline’s website, however, showed a number of vacancies opening up in different departments in UAE.

Newly opened roles include global contact centre manager, sous chef, stores and inventory control manager, IT senior support engineer, regional catering manager and technical manager, among others.

There is no change in staff turnover rates in the past weeks, and no programme to reduce headcount, the airline said in a statement .

We continuously review all areas of our operations as part of good business practice, including department structures and roles. This is no different from previous years.

A spokesperson for Emirates said that as the airline prides itself in having a 103,000-strong workforce, the “dozens of employees” reported to be leaving the company over a few weeks is nothing unusual.

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