Abu Dhabi-based VPS Healthcare plans to create 5,000 jobs at new medical centres

VPS Healthcare has announced plans to recruit up to 5,000 staff over the next three years to serve its growing pipeline of new hospitals and medical ­centres.

The Abu Dhabi-based company, which was founded by Shamsheer Vayalil, operates 12 hospitals and medical centres under brands including Burjeel, Lifeline, LLH, Lifecare and Medeor 24×7. The hospitals range in size from 60 to 200 beds, but the company is planning a spate of new openings including a new hospital in Al Ain, a medical centre in Muscat and a new 300-bed medical city project planned for Mohammed bin Zayed City.

The company’s director of human resources, Rajesh Varma, said that it employs 7,500 staff. About 800 of these are doctors and a further 3,200 in medical roles such as paramedics and nursing.


The remainder are administration and medical support staff. Mr Varma said that VPS was planning to recruit from all over the world, but that it would focus on developing local talent.

“We will be looking for Emiratis to be given a proper opportunity to join our sector,” he said. “Apart from that, we will be looking all across international [markets].

It could be the United States, United Kingdom, India, Germany or Eastern European countries, depending on what speciality and level of people we would be looking at.”

He said that “doctors, nurses and paramedics” were a priority, but that the company’s expansion will also take in related businesses such as a pharmaceutical manufacturing arm, which operates from a base at Jebel Ali in Dubai. It is recruiting for staff in this division, and is planning to open a separate manufacturing arm at Khalifa Industrial Zone in the future.

In June this year, the company was one of nine that pledged to train at least 1,000 young Arabs each as part of a World Economic Forum Initiative aimed at creating more youth employment opportunities in the Middle East.

It is also taking part at the three-day Arab Health Recruitment and Training Fair, which starts tomorrow at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre.

A new Ventures Middle East report on the market for new hospitals predicts that the value of healthcare construction contracts in the GCC is set to rise by about 25 per cent, or US$1.45bn, to $7.3bn by the end of this year.

The UAE is building more than 20 hospitals to cater to about 500,000 medical tourists expected by 2020.

Josine Heijmans, event director for The Big 5 construction trade show, which commissioned the report, said: “Populations across the GCC are increasing in number, disposable income and lifestyle, and what this latest report demonstrates is that higher birth rates and life expectancies are creating demand for hospitals, health centres, maternal, child, and elderly care services.”

She added that there were already almost 70 mega-hospital projects, each with a value of more than $100m, under construction across the GCC.

mfahy@thenational.ae

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