The Minister of Human Resource & Emiratisation speaking in front of the FNC said that the labor laws will change soon in order to increase the number of Emiratis in the private sector in the UAE. There is no set date for these changes but given the target of increasing number of nationals in this sector to 5% by 2021 max, I would expect something after the summer period.
Two interesting pieces of information caught my eye in the article which was published in Gulf News, which I think private sector employers should pay close attention to, these are:
The government has set a target to employ 50% of the Emirati workforce in to the private sector. If we could ‘guesstimate’ that the total size of the Emirati workforce is a minimum of 200,000 (I am being modest here), If achieved this will still be a significant increase from the existing number of nationals in the sector.
400 selected professions in 2,000 private companies will now have to give priority to Emiratis when recruiting. 400 professions is not a small number and It’s important that private sector employers take note of this when preparing their workforce plans, we are already seeing professions in areas such as Health & Safety and Compliance for example as being earmarked as ‘Emirati priority’ roles.
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