By Andy Sambidge
Panel will coordinate with education chiefs to ensure suitability of graduates.
A new committee will be set up to search for job opportunities for UAE nationals in Abu Dhabi's private sector, a senior official has said.
Dr Munib Kathem, executive director of Abu Dhabi Tawteen Council (ADTC) said the panel would coordinate with education officials to ensure graduates meet the needs of the labour market, both public and private.
Speaking at the Emiratisation Employers Forum 2010 in Abu Dhabi, Kathem said: “The committee will specialise in searching for job opportunities for UAE nationals and training them for the job market, especially in the private sector."
He added in comments published by Emirates Business on Wednesday: "In addition, it will study the entire labour market in both the government and private sectors and co-ordinate with the Abu Dhabi Education Council to ensure that university and college graduates meet the needs of the labour market."
Abu Dhabi’s oil sector is currently leading the way in emiratisation, with UAE nationals comprising 18 percent of its staff, the forum heard, while the travel and tourism sector has an emiritisation rate of only one percent.
Abdullah Al Darmaki, general manager of ADTC, told the paper: “Abu Dhabi is rich with job opportunities and we aim to create suitable opportunities for UAE nationals.
"The emirate will create two million new jobs over the next 20 years and 13,000 new UAE national graduates will apply for jobs every year.”
ADTC’s database shows the government sector employs 80 percent of the UAE national workforce in Abu Dhabi, with the private sector making up the rest.
The unemployment rate in Abu Dhabi is 10 percent but the government plans to reduce it to below five percent over the next few years.
to be honest, I'm surprised that the level of Emiratis in travel and tourism is as high as 1% given the differential in pay and conditions between private and public sectors. Not too many private sector companies can give 70% increases...