Posted on Apr 20, 2011 by Sergio Ulloa
During the third Saudi Labor Market Exhibition at the Jeddah Exhibitions and Conferences Center, Zuhair Ibrahim Maghrabi, the chief HR officer from Bupa Arabia, announced that Bupa Arabia has reached a Saudisation level of 52 percent, which means that 52 percent of the Bupa Arabia workforce is currently made up of Saudi nationals. Bupa Arabia is a subsidiary of Bupa, and specializes in providing health insurance in Saudi Arabia.
The Saudi Labor Market Exhibition is a crucial event that is a critical part of Bupa Arabia's business strategy. The CEO of Bupa Arabia, Tal Nazer, said, "Localizing our manpower is the core of our strategic planning for steady business growth and we are fully committed to train and recruit more young male and female employees in order to integrate them in the national workforce and enabling them to be a part of the Kingdon's social and economic development."
Maghrabi expresses Bupa Arabia's success in Saudisation by saying, "We are proud that Bupa Arabia's workforce has reached a Saudisation level of 52 percent of the total number of employees." He goes on to add, "the Saudi Labor Market Exhibition is an important link between job seekers and the private sector, in recruiting Saudi male and female employees in order to integrate them in the national workforce and enabling them to be a part of the Kingdom's social and economic development."
Last year, Bupa Arabia began a partnership with the Human Resources Development Fund (HRDF), which was valued at $693,331 USD. The partnership was formed with the goal of recruiting and training 94 male and female employees in a variety of roles within Bupa Arabia.
The deal was signed by Abdul Rahman Al Zahrani, who said at the signing ceremony, "Our partnership with Bupa Arabia is very strong as the company is one of the pioneers in recruiting and training Saudi employees and has excellent training resources and the capabilities to offer rewarding career opportunities."
Bupa Arabia has a good reputation in the Kingdom, and has won the Best Working Environment Award in 2007, 2008, and 2009. Bupa Arabia is also seen as a pioneer in employing females, winning the Best Working Environment Award for Women in 2008, and recruiting the first all female team in 2001.
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Bupa was established more than 60 years ago in the UK and now has ten million customers in over 190 countries, and over 52,000 employees around the world. Bupa is a leading international healthcare provider, offering personal and corporate health insurance, workplace health services and health assessments. As a provident association Bupa has no shareholders, because of this it uses its profits to invest in healthcare and medical facilities around the world. Bupa has operations around the world, principally in the UK, Australia, Spain, New Zealand and the US, as well as Hong Kong, Thailand, Saudi Arabia, India, China and across Latin America.