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Abdul Rahman Saeed, our reporter
Ghannam Butti Al Mazrouei, secretary-general of the UAE Talent Competitiveness Council, revealed that more citizens will be employed in the private sector than expected by 2023, as the council aims to provide 22,000 to 24,000 jobs for UAE nationals under the Nafis scheme. sector, not 15,000 jobs.
Launched in September 2021, Nafis aims to employ 75,000 citizens within 5 years, ie an employment rate of 15,000 per year. He explained that the jobs that will be provided to citizens in the private sector next year are based on the decision to make the private sector obliged to employ citizens at a nationalization target rate of 2% per year and that there will be a contribution Nafis Fund earmarked for funding programs and Initiatives to empower and employ private sector citizens.
He said: “Our current focus is on changing the mindset, culture and perception of citizens and companies on private sector jobs. We are also looking at integrated development in all strategic areas such as industry, healthcare, tourism, investment, in addition to integrated development that brings jobs , gradually building society. We need training and rehabilitation.”
Considerations and wisdom: He explained that while the Nafis program has had a positive impact since its launch in 2021, there are also a number of challenges, but these have been monitored over the past 12 months, “because we have program indicators and the extent to which they affect the private sector.”
Reactions from workers and strategic partners were taken into account, he said. Under the instructions of wise leaders, improvements were made. He added, “We hope that the recent updates to the Nafis scheme will encourage the maximum number of citizens to participate in private sector work experience, taking advantage of the benefits offered by the scheme, as our main objective is to provide employment opportunities, meet the aspirations of young people, and achieve their aspirations and enhance their contribution to advancing the pace of development.”
“We are inclined towards sustainable economic development through their work in the private sector, which is the main driver of the economy and the main engine of the UAE’s economy,” he added.
He noted that employers are required to showcase job vacancies available to him through the Nafis platform, and that there is a full team working on the platform to help companies that are looking for skills available to citizens. If the citizen needs training, “we have training programs, if he needs experience, we have dedicated programs because we are committed to helping companies achieve their emiratization goals.
The platform has links with several private companies through the Pension Fund, the Wage Protection Fund, and the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation. ”
Al Mazrouei mentioned in one of his radio interviews that all private sector companies welcome the decision to achieve the goal of emiratization because “we are trying to ease the financial burden on these companies in terms of qualifications and training and in terms of terms of support. wages of citizens in the private sector.”
All officials in the government, semi-government and private sector must unite in support of Emiratisation, he said, adding that details are being worked out to address the difficulties of the private sector, making it an environment that attracts the highest skills and capabilities to the private sector. He said that the Nafis platform does not accept any job offers with a monthly salary of less than Dhs4,000, and that citizens will receive financial support from the platform depending on the category.
Inspection visits are carried out regularly and communication is maintained with employers and relevant authorities, and necessary measures are taken if violations are detected.
The Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MoHRE) has issued Ministerial Resolution No. 663 of 2022 on private sector compliance with Emiratisation regulations.
The resolution sets out controls to comply with the emirate’s regime, job advertisements and employer obligations when employing UAE nationals, in return enabling the national to perform his/her job and obligations.
In a statement on Sunday, the MoHRE said: “Expanding Emiratisation in the country requires regulation in all its aspects and components. We want to clarify the responsibilities and obligations of all parties, through enhanced patrol inspections, and laws to regulate the violations recently identified. Behavior, specify the necessary measures to ensure compliance by all parties.”