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Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 21 April 2019

UAE government to help create 30,000 new private sector jobs for Emiratis

The Labour Ministry is working to make the private sector more attractive to UAE citizens

Emiratis speak to recruiters at the Tawdheef jobs fair. Silvia Razgova / The National
Emiratis speak to recruiters at the Tawdheef jobs fair. Silvia Razgova / The National

As many as 30,000 private sector jobs will be created this year for UAE nationals in an effort to increase the country’s Emiratisation efforts.

The Emirates will boost job creation in four areas, including regulating working conditions.

Earlier this month, the government said it would bring into line public and private sector holidays in 2019-20 to create better balance.

Previously, government employees received more time off than those in private companies, typically on religious holidays.

Last year, the government said it worked with private sector partners in key sectors to accelerate Emiratisation and created 20,225 prospective job opportunities, which benefitted 11,700 UAE nationals, said Nasser bin Thani Al Hamli, Minister of Human Resources and Emiratisation.

He said the numbers exceeded the ministry’s Emiratisation target. The number of positons created for UAE citizens in the private sector in 2017 was far fewer at 6,862.

Around 8,650 UAE citizens benefitted last year from related training programmes, while more than 18,000 received career guidance via programmes organised by the ministry with its partners.

Mr Al Hamli said the ministry has almost completed work on a new policy related to self-employment and is developing an online platform to connect people who are self-employed with private sector companies.

Updated: March 18, 2019 11:23 AM

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