Great news for OFWs in Dubai as Dubai Duty Free will be rehiring OFWs that were laid off due to the pandemic. According to a report shared on November 21, 2021 on the Philippine News Agency website, the Philippine Overseas Labor Office in Dubai said that over 600 OFWs that were previously employed by Dubai Duty Free shops will be rehired.
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“During the pandemic, Dubai Duty Free needed to lay off some workers. But with the revival of the economy here, the management reached out to us and we have special facilitation for them.” Labor Attaché John Rio Bautista stated in a virtual press briefing. “More than 600 Filipino workers will be coming back and their salary is competitive. Every week, we process not less than 100 contracts for OFWs who will be rehired.”
Filipinos Formerly Employed in Dubai Duty Free to be ReHired
During the reopening of the economy in the United Arab Emirates, job opportunities await pandemic-displaced overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and seekers, according to a Labor Department statement published on Sunday.
This is definitely great news since a lot of people had lost their jobs during lockdowns because of the pandemic. But now, they are given the chance to work again.
Dubai Duty Free is one of the premier companies in the United Arab Emirates and has long been recognized as an employer of choice given that they offer a lot of great benefits for their employees.
More Jobs for Filipinos in Dubai
Aside from jobs in the retail industry, Bautista said that healthcare companies have expressed interest in hiring Filipino professionals.
Meanwhile, more than 8,000 household service work orders have been verified by POLO since early April, with approximately 6,000 to 7,000 of them have already arrived in Dubai.
The ties between the UAE and the Philippines have been really beneficial for both parties after a Memorandum of Agreement was created. One of the implementations of this agreement is the minimum wage for household service workers (HSWs), as instructed by Philippine President Duterte, set to AED 1500 with a comprehensive work contract.
As of current exchange rates, AED 1 is equivalent to PHP 13.50.
Since the implementation of the agreement, the number of distressed Filipinos housed at the POLO shelter has decreased to about 10 individuals per day.
The Labor Department advised foreign job seekers to follow the proper procedure and go to the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration’s website to check the validity of job offers.
POLO Dubai handles the processing of overseas employment certificates for Filipinos intending to work in the UAE. Every day, POLO Dubai also manages documents of approximately 200 OFWs who are going home to the Philippines.