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Emiratisation boosts number of citizens in private sector; over 70% ‘satisfied’ with current job

52% employers prefer hiring UAE nationals permanently

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73.6 per cent of UAE national employees report job satisfaction.
The survey reveals that employers are focusing their Emiratisation efforts on various roles.
The survey included over 5,500 responses from UAE nationals, employers, and employees

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A recent survey has shown that over 70 per cent of Emirati citizens working in the private sector are satisfied with their current jobs. According to TASC Consulting’s second edition of the ‘Making Emiratisation a Success Guide for 2024,’ 73.6 per cent of UAE national employees report job satisfaction, citing work-life balance (62.8 per cent), job security (59 per cent), and career development (58.4 per cent) as key factors.

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The survey also highlights that 77.6 per cent of UAE nationals use NAFIS for job searches, and 52.3 per cent of employers prefer to hire UAE nationals on a permanent basis. Additionally, 31.8 per cent of employers are open to a mixed approach of permanent and contractual hiring.

This initiative between TASC and the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MOHRE) follows unprecedented results in Emiratisation within the private sector.

Mahesh Shahdadpuri, Founder and CEO of TASC Outsourcing, commented, “Beyond integrating Emiratis into the workforce, 72.47 per cent of surveyed candidates are willing to join both the public and private sectors, demonstrating a workforce ready to contribute.” He added, “Also, 78 per cent of employers are prepared to welcome up to 10 UAE national professionals. These statistics indicate a significant push to make Emiratisation an integral part of the UAE’s work culture.”

Since the inception of the Nafis programme in 2021, there has been a 170 per cent increase in UAE nationals joining private companies and a 96 per cent increase in companies employing UAE nationals, according to MOHRE.

Ahmad Yousuf Al Nasser, Assistant Undersecretary of National Human Resources Development and Acting Assistant Undersecretary for Policy and Strategy, stated, “Our dedication to Emiratisation is fostering a multifaceted approach to professional advancements for UAE nationals. By investing in education and skill development, we are addressing immediate employment needs and building a foundation for a resilient and prosperous future.”

Jobs UAE Nationals are Seeking

The survey reveals that employers are focusing their Emiratisation efforts on various roles, with a strong emphasis on customer service (42.4 per cent) and sales and marketing (42.05 per cent). Operations roles are also significant, with 33.5 per cent of employers seeking UAE nationals for these positions.

The ‘Making Emiratisation A Success Guidebook’ for 2024 offers comprehensive insights into labour laws, regulations, government initiatives, and current hiring trends for UAE nationals. The survey included over 5,500 responses from UAE nationals, employers, and employees across diverse industries.

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