170% Growth – The Rise of Emiratis in UAE’s Private Sector

A recent survey by TASC found that over 73% of Emiratis in UAE’s workforce are satisfied with their current jobs. This suggests a positive work environment and good opportunities for Emiratis to find fulfilling careers.

Emiratis in private sector jobs are on the rise! According to the Ministry of Human Resources and Human Resources (MoHRE), the number of Emiratis working in private companies hit a record high of nearly 96,000 at the end of 2023. That’s a whopping 170% increase compared to just 2021! This significant jump shows a growing trend of Emiratis entering the private sector workforce.

What’s behind the rise? This positive trend might be due to several factors. Initiatives like the “Making Emiratization a Success Guide” launched by MoHRE and TASC could play a role in encouraging companies to hire Emirati talent. Additionally, there might be a growing focus on creating attractive job opportunities in the private sector for Emiratis.

According to the survey, a significant portion of Emiratis (over 73%) are happy in their current jobs. This suggests that many Emiratis are finding fulfilling work experiences.

The survey also showed that Emiratis prioritize work-life balance more than anything else. With 62.8% placing it as their top priority, it’s clear that Emiratis value having a healthy balance between work and personal life.

Job security and career growth matter too! While work-life balance takes the top spot, job security (59%) and professional advancement (58.4%) are also important factors for Emiratis when choosing a job. This suggests they seek positions that offer both stability and opportunities for growth.

Companies are welcoming Emirati talent! The report also found that over half (52.3%) of businesses prefer to hire UAE nationals permanently. This indicates a strong desire from companies to have Emiratis as part of their workforce. Additionally, over 30% of companies are open to hiring Emiratis on a contract or hybrid basis, offering more flexibility in employment arrangements.

Over 5,500 responses were collected from a variety of businesses, indicating a broad range of companies were involved. This suggests the results offer a good overall view of the job market.

Who participated? Interestingly, the survey included input from all three key groups: UAE citizens (presumably Emirati job seekers), employers, and current Emirati employees. This provides a well-rounded perspective on job satisfaction, hiring preferences, and the overall experience for Emiratis in the workforce.

Companies are looking to hire Emiratis. The report highlights a strong focus on Emiratization from companies.  Over half (more than 52%) prefer to hire Emirati talent permanently, as mentioned earlier.

Sales, customer service, and operations in demand. When it comes to specific roles, employers are particularly interested in hiring Emiratis for sales and marketing (over 42%) and customer service (also over 42%). Operations roles come in a close third, with over a third of companies (around 33.6%) looking to fill these positions with Emirati candidates. This suggests a growing demand for Emirati talent in these specific sectors.

 Ahmad Yousuf Al Nasser from the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratization (MoHRE) emphasizes the positive role the private sector is playing in Emiratization. He highlights that many employers are actively planning to hire UAE nationals. This suggests government initiatives to encourage Emiratization in the private sector are gaining traction.

Strategic hiring and growth. Al Nasser also mentions a “strategic recruitment approach” being adopted by companies. This could indicate that companies are focusing on hiring Emiratis for specific roles that align with their business needs. Interestingly, he mentions that some companies plan to hire up to 10 Emiratis, suggesting a potential for significant growth in Emirati employment within these companies.

Stronger Emirati workforce integration. Mahesh Shahdadpuri from TASC Outsourcing sheds light on additional efforts to make Emiratization a success. He highlights a high level of willingness from both Emirati job seekers and employers. This suggests a growing interest in Emiratization from both sides of the job market. Shahdadpuri’s comments also point towards a focus on integrating Emirati professionals into the overall work culture of the UAE, not just filling specific job openings. This could involve initiatives to create a more welcoming and inclusive work environment for Emiratis.

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