80% of highly skilled Emiratis still snubbing UAE private sector

Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation and the Work Opportunities Committee discusses challenge of getting more Emiratis into private sector jobs
80% of highly skilled Emiratis still snubbing UAE private sector
By Sam Bridge
Fri 03 Aug 2018 11:25 AM

Eighty percent of Emiratis, who have skills that are highly sought after in the private sector, are still choosing the government sector for their careers.

This is one of the major challenges facing efforts in the UAE to create jobs for UAE nationals in the private sector, officials have said.

A recent meeting of he Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation and the Work Opportunities Committee, formed by the Executive Committee of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council, discussed the issue, state news agency WAM reported.

The committee is aiming to create over 10,000 jobs for UAE citizens in the private and government sectors over the next five years.

Nasser bin Thani Al Hamli, Minister of Human Resources and Emiratisation, affirmed that the ministry will support the committee, and their cooperation will boost the employment rate of UAE citizens.

"Developing the partnership between the ministry and relevant authorities from the federal government and local sectors, as well as the private sector, is the basis of a new model of Emiratisation adopted by the ministry to achieve its related goals by 2021," he said.

Maryam Eid AlMheiri, head of the Work Opportunities Committee and CEO of the Media Zone Authority-Abu Dhabi, added: "Building relations with government and private authorities and creating employment programmes in various sectors will help achieve the vision of the Abu Dhabi Government to create thousands of jobs for citizens."

She added that providing work opportunities is a national responsibility for everyone, and requires the combined efforts of all relevant authorities.

"Through the cooperation between the ministry and other authorities, we can launch training programmes to provide those searching for work with the necessary skills and raise their readiness to seize the best available opportunities in the job market," she said.

The meeting witnessed a presentation on Abu Dhabi’s job market and the rate of Emiratisation in certain sectors.

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