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71% support current 'nationalisation' rules - poll

Survey shows 13% believe gov'ts should provide more training for nationals.

Almost three quarters of those responding to a poll believe that there are enough laws and incentives in place in Gulf states to support nationalisation policies.

The online poll on Arabian Business revealed that 71 percent think enough is being done to support nationals to secure jobs in the private sector.

Just two percent said they thought more should be done by the private sector to seek out and develop local talent.

Meanwhile, 13 percent believed the governments of Gulf countries should do more to support private companies to develop nationals' career aspirations by offering training and ensuring pension schemes are available for local employees.

However, a marginally higher proportion of responders at 14 percent supported the introduction of more positive discrimination when it came to employing nationals in the private sector workforce.  

The finds come a month after government officials attending human resources conference in Dubai called for tougher action across the GCC against private comoanies that failed to follow nationalisation rules.

Dr Khaled Mohammad Al Khazraji, former undersecretary of the UAE’s Ministry of Labour, urged GCC governments to ban companies that failed to workforce rules on nationals from bringing in expatriate employees, and increasing the costs they have to pay for work permits and fines.

Al Khazraji added that reliance on overseas staff by private companies, to keep costs low, meant nationals were discriminated against.

Mansoor 10 years ago

I really dont know what to say and the state from MR.Al Khazraji that reliance on overseas staff by private companies, to keep costs low, meant nationals were discriminated against should be justified. Only few nationals have been fired from Al Futtaim Group and that being a Company owned by the National someone should tell these guys the meaning of the word " Discrimination".