Monday, August 13, 2018

Walmart to hire 1,000 people for its Technology operations in India

Walmart will hire about 1,000 more people for technology roles in India, as the world’s largest retail firm continues to focus on technology to hold off competition such as from e-commerce giant Amazon.

Walmart has technology operations in Bengaluru and Gurgaon and currently has about 1,800 employees. The company is looking at expanding this headcount and driving more product ownership out of India. “One of the things: we are doing a lot different. We have Walmart Labs, which is e-commerce.

You have My Group which is global business services. We are trying to be more product-oriented. We have taken whole projects and moved them over to drive the Indian ownership of the product. We think that is helping but this will help even more (in retaining talent),” Walmart chief information officer Clay Johnson told.

Walmart said its technology attrition is at industry levels and it sees normal attrition spikes around the two-year and seven-year areas. Products such as Walmart’s return process for its 5,000 US stores were completely developed in India. Johnson said he could not specify an exact number of products being handled out of the country. “A lot of our Internet-of-things work that sits in our stores. A lot of those end-to-end products are done here with the sensors and the data are being done here,” he said.

Analysts peg Walmart’s IT spending at about $10 billion a year, making it among the world’s largest spenders of technology, and the company counts almost every IT service provider as a client. But as competition has ramped up from e-commerce players such as Amazon, the retail giant is working on making sure that it gets the most bang for its buck. IT companies have been saying that their largest clients are rejigging their spending towards more digital offerings. Walmart’s Johnson said the retailer to have changed how it looks at its spending.

“The way that the spend has changed is that we are focused on how to use it to drive our competitive advantage. We don’t just want to be the largest technology spender. We want to make sure that we are spending it on the right technology,” Johnson said. He added that the company was working with a slew of Indian IT services providers to co-innovate solutions and that they had shown the ability to make changes to the way they work.

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Dubai's Emirates airline is hiring Cabin crew

Dubai's flagship airline Emirates is looking to expand its cabin crew team.

In an Instagram post, the airline said: "We're looking to expand our award-winning, multinational cabin crew team."

Interested applicants are invited to attend the airline's Open Days all over the world from August - September 2018. According to their website, the airline will be hosting several open days in countries such as Canada, Germany, France, Oman and the United States.

Candidates should be at least 21 years old at the time of joining and be at least 160cm tall. Educational qualification of minimum Grade 12, as well as fluency in English, are mandatory

The cabin crew will be paid approximately Dh9,500 per month; with a basic pay of Dh4,260 per month. Furnished accommodation is also provided free of charge and is inclusive of water, electricity and TV. The accommodations are located in over 50 buildings around Dubai.

Other perks include layover expenses, concessional travel and, 30 days of calendar leave per year, among others.

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Hundreds of Job offers for Indian Amnesty-seekers in UAE

Navdeep Singh Suri (centre), Sumathi Vasudev and M. Rajmurugan address a press conference at the Indian Embassy in Abu Dhabi
Some large companies in the UAE have committed to employing hundreds of Indian amnesty-seekers as part of an initiative taken by the country’s embassy in Abu Dhabi, a top diplomat said.

“We noticed that some of the Indian nationals [amnesty-seekers] do not want to go back home and want to look for jobs," said Navdeep Singh Suri, Indian Ambassador to the UAE.

"We have spoken to large UAE-based Indian companies and they have come forward very generously to offer employment if skill sets [of amnesty-seekers] match [for the available vacancies],” added Suri. He said some employers are even ready to offer hundreds of jobs if there are suitable candidates.

Suitable candidates

“They are ready to conduct on-the-spot interviews. If we get more data about the Indians who are looking for alternative jobs, we will connect them with these companies,” Suri said.

The prospective jobseekers among amnesty-seekers can contact the hotline numbers and [via] email [address] of the embassy arranged for the amnesty-related matters, he said.

Sources in the recruitment industry told Gulf News that this will be a win-win situation as amnesty-seekers can easily get a job and companies get workers with solid local experience while saving recruitment costs and efforts [compared to hiring from abroad].

The ambassador said the number of Indian amnesty-seekers in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and the other Northern Emirates during the first week was very low, compared to other Asian nationals. Although it is too early to draw conclusions, the number of Indians is expected to remain low, he said.

He attributed this to the effective mechanism employed by the embassy and the consulate, using Indian Community Welfare Fund [ICWF], to regularly repatriate Indians who have violated the UAE residency laws.

The officials visit jails across the UAE every week and issue emergency certificates [ECs] to those who do not have travel documents.

“Most of those people have been residency law violators [overstayers, absconders and infiltrators],” Suri said.

The Indian government set up the ICWF at the embassy and the consulate in 2009 to assist overseas Indians in times of distress and emergency in the most deserving cases on a “means-tested basis”.

The widened ambit of the fund since September 2017 enables the missions to provide all legal assistance to Indians in distress.

During the last amnesty, around 8,000 Indians left the country. After the amnesty, a total of 4,973 Indians, who had no valid passports and visas, had left the UAE, a senior official said. M. Rajmurugan, Counsellor — Consular Affairs at the embassy, told a press conference that after the 2013 amnesty, the embassy issued 4,407 emergency certificates until December 31, 2017.

This year, the embassy issued 566 emergency certificates from January 1 to July 31.

The embassy spent around Dh1 million during the first seven months of this year to help Indians in distress.

Indian amnesty-seekers looking for jobs can contact:

◘ Indian Embassy, mobile: 050-8995583
◘ The embassy’s email ID:
◘ Indian Workers Resource Centre’s toll-free number: 80046342

Saturday, August 4, 2018

HCL Technologies to hire 5,000 people this year under 'New Vistas'

IT services firm HCL Technologies said it expects to hire about 5,000 people this year as part of its 'New Vistas' programme, under which it is setting up centres in smaller cities like Lucknow and Madurai.

This, according to the company, will help stem attrition and bring more stability to operations.

"A number of people migrate from tier II locations to work in metros. Many of these people would want to go back if these opportunities are available in their hometowns," HCL Executive Vice President and Program Director (New Vistas) Sanjay Gupta told reporters.

He added that making these opportunities available will also help stem attrition and bring in more stability.

HCL Technologies had a total headcount of 1,24,121 at the end of June 2018. The attrition for IT services on LTM (last twelve months) basis stood at 16.3 per cent.

"We expect to hire about 5,000 people this year under the programme," Gupta said, adding that this will be done across cities including Lucknow, Madurai and Nagpur.

The company is also carrying out a mega recruitment drive at its Noida campus on August 4-5 under the programme. This will be open to Delhi-NCR residents only.

Under the programme, HCL Technologies will offer employment opportunities to engineering and non-engineering graduates as well Class XII pass-outs.

"Fresher candidates who meet the eligibility criteria will undergo fee-based training (ranging between Rs 1-2.5 lakhs) on technical skills and post completion of training, they will be absorbed in HCL Technologies," Gupta said.

This training will be provided by HCL Training and Staffing Services (HCL TSS), a subsidiary of HCL Technologies.

Selected candidates will work across application development, testing, IT maintenance and support.