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Recruitment firm eyes 10,000 new workers

Company targets Asia to fill roles needed in city's construction projects.

An Abu Dhabi-based recruitment company has said it is planning to bring in 10,000 people from Asia over the next 13 months to fill gaps in the UAE capital's construction sector.

Sawaeed Employment, which already has a workforce in excess of 33,000, said it is targeting different parts of Asia and has not seen any drop in the demand for mainly construction workers during the global crisis.

"Abu Dhabi continues to recruit workers to the construction industry and we see an increase in the number of projects next year," said Jamuna Raju, client relationship manager at Sawaeed Employment in comments published by Emirates Business on Monday.

Raju told the paper there had not been any drop in demand for workers in the emirate. "Work on most projects in Abu Dhabi is on and we had to absorb some of our staff from Dubai to cater to the growing demand."

Last month, the company, part of the Royal Group of Companies, held a recruitment drive in India and the Philippines for semi-skilled workers, the paper added,

"The demand for skilled and semi-skilled workers is on the rise. New contracts are being awarded and several businesses are expanding. Within the construction industry, we have been recruiting engineers, foreman, supervisors, welders, plumbers, scaffolders, fabricators, brick layers and various other skilled and unskilled labourers," Raju said.

Earlier this month, a senior Abu Dhabi official said the emirate was planning to spend $15bn on infrastructure projects over the next three years to cater for the city's rising population.

Ali Mahmoud, chief investment officer, Abu Dhabi Investment House, revealed the spending plan at a summit in the UAE capital which heard that the city's population was set to rise to three million by 2020.

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