By Parag Deulgaonkar
UAE National Agenda aims to increase Emiratisation in private sector by 10 times
More than 500 jobs will be offered to Emiratis at the 17th edition of Careers UAE, which opens today.
The three-day fair, organised by Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC), includes participation from the UAE Armed Forces, Emirates, Arab Bank, Al Futtaim Group, ENOC, Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, Emirates Global Aluminium and Dubai Police.
One of the biggest recruiters will be Emirates Global Aluminium which will hire 200 high school and fresh graduates. Dubai Customs will recruit 144 locals followed by Al Futtaim (55), DP World and HSBC (each over 40).
In the Careers UAE 2016, 43 percent of job seekers were offered jobs at the event or afterwards.
With only four percent of UAE nationals occupying private sector jobs, Dubai Plan 2021 and the UAE National Agenda aims to increase Emiratisation in the private sector by 10 times.
In February, Saqr bin Ghobash Saeed Ghobash, UAE Minister of Human Resources and Emiratisation, said the ministry has put into force Article No (14) of the UAE labour law, which entitles Emirati jobseekers priority to occupy vacant jobs in the private sector.
As per the article, no work permit will be issued to any non-Emirati employee in the private sector if an Emirati jobseeker registered in the ministry’s database is found to meet the job qualification.
Saif Humaid Al Falasi, group chief executive, ENOC, said Emiratisation will remain a key priority for the company and it plans to reach a target of 50 percent Emiratisation by 2021.