The UAE facilities management (FM) sector has welcomed the country’s decision for expat job seekers to obtain a certificate of good conduct to be issued a work permit.
fmME contacted tier 1 FM operators to gauge their sentiment of the new decree that came into effect on 4 February, 2018.
Alex Davies, managing director, Emrill Facilities Management said: "In the short term, we expect that the introduction of these new requirements may lead to an increase in mobilisation times from candidate selection to commencement of employment.”
Davies also said that the firm has been working in close quarters with its recruitment channels to ensure that it meets compliance norms.
“As a business, we welcome the additional scrutiny these new requirements offer over and above the traditional reference checking measures previously completed. We are confident that once we are through this initial implementation stage, then it will have very little negative impact on the business,” he said.
The human resources department of MAB FM said the new decree will cause a bit of uncertainty and a substantial delay in the new visa process time frame. An official statement released to fmME said: “However, the move marks one of the most significant changes to the UAE's visa system which would result in a more secured society; a goal everybody strives for.
“Having said that, with preparation and focused manpower planning, this shouldn’t be looked at as a negative move rather than a positive change in the system,” he said.
Finally, Ian Harfield, CEO of Cofely Besix Facility Management (CBFM) said that the move will have its ‘obvious positives’ as it can be difficult to research someone’s back ground when they arrive in the UAE from abroad.
“The new system puts a lot of pressure on the new applicant to prepare by gathering the necessary information from the authorities in their own country before coming to the UAE, and it does put another constraint in the system that may initially slow down the on boarding process, but we believe it will be for the better in the long run.”
The cumulative workforce strength of Emrill, MAB FM and CBFM is in excess of 12,000 employees and with all three firms expecting to grow in the immediate future, the number of employees is expected to increase.