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‘No compromise on Emiratisation’

DUBAI: The Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation has affirmed that a fine of up to Dhs20,000 per Emirati employee will be imposed on any employer who fails to achieve the Emiratisation target as evidenced by the reports of the field visits paid to private sector establishments.

Two-year labour contracts are concluded with Emiratis in the private sector and are renewed by mutual consent in accordance with the conditions. 

The ministry’s move aligns with the UAE Vision to increase the number of Emiratis in the private sector to 10 times the current number by 2021. The ministry has attached great importance to creating job opportunities for Emiratis, providing the required career guidance, training and development programmes and encouraging them to join work.

To bolster the participation of Emiratis in the labour market, the ministry has carried out several procedures such as issuing decisions that make it binding on establishments operating in specific sectors including banking and insurance to employ Emiratis at annual rates of up to 4 per cent. 

To serve this end, the ministry has also motivated private companies and establishments to take part in the Emiratisation process and has obligated each company that employs more than 100 employees to employ a specific minimum number of Emiratis.

As per the strategic vision of the UAE government aimed at increasing job Emiratisation rates, it has been decided to increase the number of jobs limited to Emiratis in the private sector. For example, the ministerial decision for emiratising the job of data inputters in companies that employ more than 1,000 employees, the ministry has obligated these companies to register with Tas’heel system for electronic processing of their transactions and to employ Emiratis exclusively to do this job.

Additionally, the ministry has obligated the owners of private companies operating in building and construction and employing 500 employees or more to appoint one Emirati at least as an occupational health and safety officer.