“We’re actively hiring right now. We have done significant recruitment campaigns locally, hiring 550 people in different disciplines in January 2021 and certainly continue through the first quarter. We have needs for 450 more people for various categories from skilled to semi-skilled which we are recruiting now as well,” said David Stockton, CEO of Dulsco.
In the skilled category, the company is looking for electrical and facility engineers as well as drivers for the transportation department and also workforce for the hospitality section.
With investment worth tens of millions of dirham, the company is also building new projects including a liquid oil refining facility in Jebel Ali and waste paper facility in Dubai. It recently signed a contract with Neutral Fuels to recycle the cooking oil waste in the UAE which would help the UAE meet environmental targets.
Stockton added that the company didn’t lay off people during the pandemic and rather managed the workforce systemically to ensure that everybody gets work.
“I am particularly pleased that we didn’t have any forced redundancy. We were restructuring and repositioning the business, utilising holidays and facilitated people to take leave who wanted to avail it. We flexed working hours. With business falling dramatically in certain spaces last year, we engaged with our teams to talk to them about reducing the working hours so that everybody could do work rather than being left not working. This enabled us to keep as many staff as we could, knowing that at some point we would move through this,” Stockton said during an interview.
“We started to come through summer and businesses started to trade back up. We were in a position to mobilise staff back to full working hours in a controlled way. So staff engagement was pretty cool. We were very honest and transparent with staff. They worked with us and that really helped us,” added Stockton.
He noted that 2021 has started on a positive note, however, it is not going to be easy months ahead.
“We keep revisiting what is needed as the UAE starts to repackge and rebuild its offering to sectors that we have all enjoyed like hospitality, tourism retail etc.,” Stockton said.