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20,000 Private Sector Jobs Required Annually for Emiratis

UAE : 10 May 2011

Labour Minister states that around 200,000 Emiratis will be coming into the labour market in the next ten years.

The private sector needs to open up around 20,000 positions each year to provide for the estimated number of people entering the labour market in the next ten years, according to the UAE’s Minister of Labour.

Around 100,000 to 200,000 citizens between the ages of 15 and 60 will come into the labour market over the next ten years, according to the Labour Minister, Saqr Ghobash, who is also the chairman for Tanmia. He noted that this would require the creation of 10,000 to 20,000 positions each year in the private industry.

The minister spoke at the Club of Human Resources’ Fourth Forum, discussing the various challenges that the Emiratisation process is up against, as well as the Khalifa Fund’s role of enabling the process.

Ghobash stated that this data includes both those seeking work and those content with remaining unemployed. Based on the most recent survey data, around 35,000 Emiratis – or 14 percent – are jobless. The percentage jumps to over 25 percent of the youth population, according to the Minister.

Of those Emiratis enrolled at Tanmia, around 8,000 are seeking work. This does not include the people in Abu Dhabi.

Based on information from the Ministry of the Economy, the private sector employs Emiratis at a rate of less than seven percent.

Ghobash remarked that, in consideration of the most recent data, around 100,000 positions are needed for those citizens entering the job market over the next decade.

He also stated that about 83 percent of the Tanmia registrants are women. Of those females, about 46 percent are university graduates, 44 percent completed secondary school and just 10 percent failed to obtain a high school certificate.

A majority of those registrants are from the Eastern Region, including Khor Fakkan, Fujairah and Ras Al Khaimah. These people have a hard time working in other emirates. This means the development of employment positions needs to be widespread. Jobs for Emiratis have to open up across the nation so that Emiratis can obtain work close to home.

The minister stated that these plans are in line with the United Arab Emirate’s vision for 2021, aimed at creating an economy anchored on knowledge and driven by the citizens and their competitive competency.

Ghobash noted that his ministry is moving towards the creation of a more stable labour market over the long term with a productive workforce.

He added that the leadership in the nation is intent on offering the support required for Emiratisation, ensuring development within the economy and the availability of a decent livelihood for UAE citizens.

Andrew Reid, Staff Writer, Gulf Jobs Market News
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