Starting this month, some UAE-based companies began to return staff salaries after cuts were made in the wake of the global crisis that has affected many economies and large sectors in the UAE.
Several companies had made pay cuts by as much as 30 percent due to the financial distress arising out of the COVID-19 pandemic.
UAE Firms Begin to Return Staff Salaries Cut Amid Global Crisis
Danube Group was no exception to this. While the firm had not terminated any of its staff during this period, it reduced salaries by 30 percent back in April and May, the Gulf News reported.
However, Rizwan Sajan, chairman of Danube Group shared that while they had to reduce salaries to keep the company afloat, it was hurting him to know that his staff had to bear the brunt of the burden created by the global crisis.
“I have always believed that my company has been built by my hard-working, dedicated staff. And so, I returned the salaries we had deducted for April and May. It is like a Diwali treat for my people,” Mr. Sajan shared.
The Dubai-based firm is reportedly the first company in the Middle East to do this kind of initiative. Moreover, it announced its plan to rehire over 350 people.
Mr. Sajan shared that up to this point, the company has been doing quite well. “Of course, there had been some hitches along the way due to this pandemic and we found that nothing was unmanageable on account of the determination of our employees to sail through this biological and economic disaster intact.”
Mr. Sajan explained that the Group felt that it is their responsibility to return the deducted amount to their employees, as it made them feel very sorry for doing this kind of measure for the very first time, as the global crisis we are all in is nothing ordinary.
“Trust me not even once the salary of our staff is delayed in the last 27 years and this deduction was the first time in Danube’s history. Hence, I am extremely happy,” he added.