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Virgin Mobile sets sights on creating opportunity for talented Saudi Arabian youth

Virgin Mobile, fresh from the announcement from the CITC Board of Directors that it has been approved the grant of an MVNO licence, is delighted to announce that its recruitment campaign in Saudi Arabia has already attracted over 35,000 applicants for positions in the business.

Consistent with its vision that Saudi Arabia’s next generation mobile service can only be built by this generation of talented Saudi youth, Virgin Mobile launched an online recruitment programme to seek out genuine Virgin Mobile people from across the Kingdom. This was backed up with a social media campaign and content published across Facebook and Twitter where potential employees could find out more information about positions, apply and learn more about the Virgin Mobile brand.

“We are extremely proud to be in Saudi Arabia, and delighted that talented youth of such high calibre are inspired by the opportunity to work with the Virgin Mobile brand. Receiving over 35,000 applications to work with us in such a short space of time is unprecedented and we are humbled. What’s great is that we are on-boarding people that are genuinely curious, authentic and want to make a difference, core Virgin Mobile values. Saudi youth are among the world’s leading users of social media, and we were keen to offer job opportunities through social media channels we all use every day. We are committed to investing in Saudi Arabia and building a sustainable brand that is offering great customer experience, value and innovation to the market,” commented Karim Benkirane, Virgin Mobile Saudi CEO.

Conceived in 1970 by Sir Richard Branson, Virgin has gone on to grow a successful global businesses in sectors ranging from mobile telephony and media to transportation, travel, financial services, hotels, health and fitness, as well as renewable technologies and space tourism such as its current Virgin Galactic project. Virgin employs approximately 65,000 people in 35 countries and its Global branded revenues in 2013 exceeded £13bn (approx. $22bn).

The Virgin Mobile brand, which initially launched in the United Kingdom, already operates in ten countries globally, including Australia, Chile, Colombia, Canada, France, India, Poland, South Africa, UK and the USA, and continues to expand, already serving nearly 20 million mobile customers.

“We would like to take this opportunity to thank the CITC for the trust that they have shown in Virgin Mobile, and for CITC’s progressive vision for the future of mobile telecommunications in the Kingdom. Our team is working hard to launch the Virgin Mobile brand in Saudi Arabia later this year, and we are all keen to ensure that we deliver a next generation mobile service that Saudi customers can be proud of,” added Benkirane.

Virgin Mobile is currently reviewing all job applications and have embarked on a series of assessment centres in Riyadh, Jeddah and Dammam that will see potential candidates run through an interactive screening process.


Amro Baltaji
Virgin Mobile Saudi Consortium
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