UAE's FNC to discuss 'limiting' jobs for unskilled expat workers

Council to discuss issue of background security checks for foreign workers

The UAE’s Federal National Council will hold a discussion on Tuesday on limiting jobs for unskilled expatriate workers in the country.

The total number of registered employees in the UAE stood at 4.7 million in 2015 compared with 4.417 million workers in 2014, according to the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation.

Nearly 79 percent, or 3.7 million, of the registered workforce falls in the fourth and fifth skill levels (limited/unskilled category), while only million workers come in the first, second and third level (skilled category), Gulf News reported.

Saqr Gobash Saeed Gobash, Minister of Human Resources and Emiratisation, will respond to the question raised by Marwan Ahmad Bin Ghalita, first deputy speaker of the House, on the issue.

As the ministry figures, health sector added 68,000 new workers, growing 18 percent over 2015; the financial sector employed 57,000 people, rising 13 percent while the education sector recruited 79,000 workers, increasing 7 percent over 2015.

Construction, trade and industry topped the sector category.

The FNC will also discuss the issue on background security checks for foreign workers, the newspaper said.

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