x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 July 2017

Have you experienced, or witnessed, a gender gap in the UAE's workforce?

An increasing number of Emirati women are taking jobs abroad because job opportunities in the Emirates are scarce, a Government labour official says.

An increasing number of educated Emirati women are taking jobs abroad, further expanding the UAE's employment gender gap, a government labour official said. According to figures from the Ministry of Economy, women in the UAE lag far behind men in terms of economic opportunity and integration into the workforce. One reason is said to be that women seek careers abroad rather than taking jobs at home.

According to a report about gender equality in the UAE, produced by an associate at the Dubai School of Government, 39 per cent of women in the UAE are employed, compared with 92 per cent of men. Also, most women are in administrative jobs. Only 25 per cent are in jobs considered professional or technical, and only eight per cent of top managers are women.

Have you experienced, or witnessed, a large gender gap in the UAE's workforce? Tell us your story. What do you think should be done to lessen the gender gap?