More Emiratis are Interested in Education, Health, Social Work and Technology

May 13, 2024 thehrobserver-hrobserver-H.E. Ahmad Yousuf Al Nasser

A recent survey reveals that an overwhelming 73.67% of the UAE National employees are satisfied with their current jobs, with work-life balance, job security, and career development being top priorities.

In parallel, 52.30% of employers prefer hiring UAE Nationals permanently, with 31.80% saying they are open to both permanent and contractual roles.

 The survey highlights a strong focus on Emiratisation in Customer Service and Sales & 

Marketing, emphasizes the demand for interpersonal and service-oriented skills, while Operations roles also garner significant attention from employers.

TASC, a leading staffing and HR solutions provider in the UAE has released the second edition of the “Making Emiratisation a Success Guide for 2024.” This guide, developed in collaboration with the UAE Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MoHRE), aims to facilitate the integration of UAE nationals into the private sector workforce. 

The initiative follows significant progress in Emiratisation during 2022, marked by a 70% increase in UAE National employees and a 96% increase in companies employing UAE Nationals, as reported by MoHRE.

The guide offers comprehensive insights into labour laws, government initiatives, and current hiring trends for UAE nationals.

 It includes research from various sectors such as Accounting, Finance, Operations, Logistics, Engineering, HR, Sales, IT, and more. The survey conducted for this guide gathered over 5,500 responses from UAE nationals, employers, and employees, providing a detailed snapshot of the Emirati employment landscape.

The key findings include high job satisfaction among UAE National employees, with priorities on work-life balance, job security, and career development. Employers expressed a preference for hiring UAE Nationals, with a significant focus on roles in Customer Service and Sales & Marketing. However, more Emiratis are seeking jobs in education, healthcare, social work and technology.

The guidebook also outlines the benefits and penalties associated with Emiratisation policies, aiming to support companies in meeting their Emiratisation targets and promoting sustainable growth for the UAE.

“Initiatives such as Nafis, the Apprenticeship Program, the National Healthcare Program, and the Teaching Specialists Program exemplify our focus on providing tailored opportunities for professional advancement. These programs offer support for healthcare education, specialised training in critical industries, and other resources essential for success,” said  H.E. Ahmad Yousuf Al Nasser Assistant Undersecretary of National Human Resources Development and Acting Assistant Undersecretary for Policy and Strategy at MoHRE. 

“These initiatives are not just symbolic gestures; they are tangible pathways to success. By investing in our nationals’ education and skill development, we are not only addressing immediate employment needs but also laying the foundation for a resilient and prosperous future. Through these programs, we are cultivating a highly skilled workforce equipped to tackle the challenges of tomorrow while driving sustainable growth and prosperity for the UAE,” he added.

The guidebook includes an updated framework of the Emiratisation policies and their benefits, along with details of Violations and penalties for Non-Compliance with the Emiratisation policies. With Emiratisation targets, details of government initiatives to boost Emiratisation, and NAFIS programs; the guidebook engages with employment dynamics for UAE national job seekers.


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