Saturday, May 01, 2010

May Day m'aidez!

The plan was to live relatively modestly, build up some savings, and then retire in about 2018 to 2020 to the dream house in Cyprus. The best-laid plans of goats and men, together with a load of half-baked fantasy ideas, are now thrown into disarray following an unexpected meeting in the boss’ office on Thursday afternoon.

The Goat has been in continuous employment since January 1986. He spent three years in Guildfordshire, seven years in t’English midlands where he survived a major company buy-out, and then in 1996 he jumped on to an aircraft. Six years in Qatar and nearly eight more in the Emirates. That’s a total of just over 24 years working in the construction industry and only four different employers. Three, if working in the English midlands and in Qatar are recognised as being for the same company. This is a level of company loyalty that might be considered rare in this day and age. The Goat must presumably have been doing something right.

What happened last Thursday?

Owing to the global downturn, UAE governments cancelling any and all projects at a whim, and bills not being paid, the Goat’s job is now redundant. Rather urinating on the Goat’s pyrotechnics, this is the third wielding of the scythe across the office. It is for the Goat a new and not altogether pleasant experience, and follows a statement from the CEO that the company had cut deep and hard, was now out of the woods, and sought to start building business up again.

Unfortunately, it appears that the engineering company wishes to eliminate engineering and technical staff and build up numbers with accountants. Not that the Goat has anything against accountants, who deserve a career as much as everyone else. But the company seems to be viewed from the stratospheric heights of the executive office as some kind of sausage machine. Payroll is dropped into the top, someone winds a handle, and fee income comes out. There are also by-products that are emitted somewhere out the back. These are engineering designs for roads, bridges, tunnels, sewers, buildings, marinas, but these by-products simply happen automatically. It appears that the really important stuff is comparing what goes in the top with forecasts of what is coming out of the front, and the accounts executives can spend their days gleefully comparing financial forecasts.

A practical experiment is also under way: How may parts of the sausage machine can be removed whilst allowing it to continue to function?

Yes, the Goat does realise that salaries and rent are paid for with money, not engineering designs. He also notes what a design consultant actually produces, and wishes that the people who asked for this stuff would now pay for it.

Evidently, the Goat is currently feeling rather bitter, twisted and worthless. He was concerned that a late return to work last week would result in a termination of employment, but has been assured that his unexpected extra week in the UK had nothing to do with the redundancy decision. However, the ultimate effect remains much the same. Redundancy payment is a month’s salary plus what the Ministry of Labour decrees is the level of End of Service benefit. Not a lot, then.

Job seeking will commence in earnest early next week with an up-to-date curriculum vitae. Preference is for the Goat to remain in the same country as his Beloved Wife, but que sera sera. There are presumably other options.

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17 comments:

Keefieboy said...

Oh shit.

Rupert Neil Bumfrey said...

Very best wishes for success in your job hunt.

EyeOnDubai said...

Been there, done that, and it ain't good. If there is any assistance I may offer (writing, accommodation, too much whisky and wine) please don't hesitate to ask.

EoD

Anonymous said...

The Goat deserves better.


GOOD LUCK!


- Long time silent reader .

Gnomad said...

best of luck GG, we'll keep our fingers crossed for you

Sirrah said...

Sorry to hear about this. Good luck in your job hunting. The only place I know of work right now is in Lybia.

Maddy said...

If there's any help I can offer from over the border: caprine friendly accommodation, contacts etc - just let me know.

Anonymous said...

best of luck, n hope you find something in uae (maybe AD?) as it really is one of the better places to live in the world

Dave said...

Be strong Goat - things will work out.

Jayne said...

There's a shitload of work here & the conditions aren't too bad I s'pose. Hubs is in the same industry (he was a director & still got the chop, thanks to the fcukwits at Tameer not having any money to build their wonderful project!)
The politics suck, but its still a fabulous country, so if you're interested, drop me a line. (email addy on me blog page)
Bonus is its great biking :-)
Further bonus is the salary is pretty good.

Mme Cyn said...

@Jane -- but could Beloved Wife get a job there?

Nickybkrsfld said...

Peeps - at least you were made redundant, and didn't upset the Oil Minister (again) and get jacked a la Bolton.
;)
Mebbe both you and Dave need a month off to go learn CCR in the Caymen Islands.
I wonder what the next chapter will be? Can't wait. The up-side is you are no longer a Halcrone. Small mercies. I am quite sure you won't miss them all that much ...
Much love and sending happy thoughts.
x

the real nick said...

Holy shit. Sorry to hear that.

I've just came back from Muscat. Lots of work there in the infrastructure sector as well as roads. Plus, the tender for the GCC railway is being floated soon (starting from the Omani end at Salalah, or Sohar). Carilion, StrabAG, L&T, CCC, Bahwan have fairly big offices there.
Tip: get to the Omani 'Tender Board' and find out who got the big road jobs.

Good luck mate!

Jayne said...

Mme Cyn - depends on what you do hon.....drop me a lne?

Anonymous said...

The goat is so intelligent, creative, hard-working, charming, resourceful, and "multiply" talented, tht the m-i-l knows that he will soon bounce back higher than those funny stilts his beloved gave him a few years ago.

alexander... said...

Sorry to hear the news (belatedly, I know!).

Something will turn up for sure. In the meantime, I can only echo EoD's offer of libation...

Martín said...

sorry to hear the news, GG. For the little I know you, you have the merits to bounce back.

 

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