The UAE national workforce is expected to double by 2020 to reach 500,000, the UAE's Minister of Labour said on Sunday.
Saqr Gobash said at the Human Assets Expansion Congress Mid-East that a main challenge was to create job opportunities for UAE nationals, especially for those below 30, UAE daily Gulf News reported.
The Emirati workforce is around 250,000 workers now but more than 38 per cent of the UAE Nationals are below the age of 15, according to data.
Some 15,000 Emiratis graduate every year, according to The National Human and Resource Development and Employment authority (Tanmia) statistics, the paper said.
"Our economy needs to create more job opportunities in the next eleven years than it created collectively in the last four decades," the paper quoted Gobash as saying.
Another challenge which Gobash highlighted is the concentration of Nationals in the public sector and the concentration of new opportunities in non-productive sectors.
"The ministry will also work on improving expatriate workforce skills through developed regulations for recruitment that aim to increase the productivity and to reduce the gap between the cost of recruitment and its return on the national product and enhance legislations that protect the expatriate workforce," he said.