Action to be taken against firms not meeting target

DUBAI — About 850 trade companies will have to meet the job emiratisation target of two per cent by the year end, a survey has found.

By Eman Al Baik

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Published: Fri 24 Dec 2004, 12:01 PM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 1:34 PM

The National Human Resources Development and Employment Authority (Tanmia), the agency overseeing the emiratisation efforts, which conducted the survey, said here on Wednesday stringent action would be taken against companies employing more than 50 hands if they failing to meet this target.

“All companies falling in this category are expected to meet the quota by December 31. Starting from January 1, the authority will check companies’ reports and take action against establishments that fail to meet the quota,” said Ayesh J. Al Barguthi, Director of Employment and Skills Development Centre at Tanmia.

A list of the errant companies will be submitted to the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (which also took part in the survey) to include them on the blacklist and ban them from processing any type of labour transactions,” Al Barguthi said.

“In a bid to help these companies comply with the quota rule, Tanmia had started from last September holding a series of meetings, once weekly, with their representatives,” he said.

He was speaking after a meeting at Tanmia's office with representatives of 25 trade companies. Al Barguthi noted that companies whose licences come under trade activities and whose number of employees are above 50 should have two per cent of UAE nationals on their workforce in accordance with the Cabinet Order No. 295/1 of 2004.

Al Barguthi said Tanmia would start enforcing the order from January 1, based on reports on the existing number of employees in each establishment, the number of staff recruited and those whose services were terminated since the Cabinet's Order was issued.

“Some of these companies took the initiative and offered jobs to nationals, whereas many others needed Tanmia's assistance and efforts,” he observed, adding that Tanmia had already offered its expertise in the field of employment to many companies.

As 70 per cent of the 25,000 nationals registered with Tanmia were women, these companies were asked to provide suitable work environment. “Tanmia's doors are open to all employers, and it is ready to invest with the employers in the national workforce by solving all possible obstacles,” said Essa Ali Bin Salem Al Zaabi, Tanmia's Dubai Office Manager.

Tanmia offered training to 1,250 nationals during the first 11 months of this year, he elaborated.

Al Zaabi said that as the public sector has become overstaffed by national employees, Tanmia is directing its attention to employing its registered job seekers in the private sector.

In 2001, Tanmania helped employ 124 nationals. The number increased to 559 in 2002 to 882 in 2003 and to 1,400 until the end of October this year, he said. “The results were not satisfactory because of lack of serious initiatives by the private sector. Just ten per cent of national job seekers have been offered jobs.”

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