The members of the Federal National Council criticized that thousands of Emiratis are often told to be over or underqualified and cannot secure jobs. Ras Al Khaimah representative Salem Al Shehhi said, he had received complaints from several Emiratis being unable to find jobs.
The members of the Federal National Council criticized the poor performance of Emiratisation in many government departments in all Emirates and limited fund allocation for it. A report published by the Human Resources Committee of the House revealed that the Emiratisation in 19 government authorities does not exceed 38.3 per cent. Sadly, 63.8 per cent of the budget for training and development was not used by the end of last year.
Hamad Al Rahoumi, a member from Dubai and chairman of the committee, said, “Our ambition is to achieve 100 per cent Emiratisation in the government departments, but the performance is poor and does not meet our expectations.” Saeed Al Rumaithi, a member from Abu Dhabi, said the workforce report showed that 8,000 administrative jobs in the federal departments can be taken by Emiratis. “We wish the number of such jobs is 30,000 or more.”
Among the top Emiratisation achievers were Shaikh Zayed Housing Programme with 100 per cent Emiratisation at the end of last year, Emirates Identity Authority (97 per cent), Youth and Sports Authority (93 per cent) and Al Etihad Credit Bureau (90 per cent). Among the least achievers were Emirates General Petroleum Corporation (Emarat) with 14 per cent Emiratisation at the end of last year, Zayed University and the Higher Colleges of Technology (HCTs) with 19 per cent each.
Therefore, the UAE Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation also urges private companies (Onshore Companies/LLCs) to recruit more Emirati nationals and join the Emiratisation Partners Club. Furthermore, the UAE Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation will classify organisations into categories and revise work permit fees based on the cultural diversity and skill-level of the organisation’s workforce, to get more private companies to employ Emiratis.