Emiratisation Gathers Pace in Sharjah
Water Authorities’ Workforce

SHARJAH — The Ministry of Water and Environment and the Environment and Protected Areas Authority (EPAA) in Sharjah has seen a significant increase in Emiratisation in both higher and lower grades, according to senior officials here.

Acting Under Secretary of the Ministry of Water and Environment Obaid Jomaa Al Matrooshi said the ministry has achieved 100 per cent Emiratisation in senior positions and 68 per cent in lower grades.

“There is a special committee for appointing national cadres, in collaboration with all the universities here,” Al Matrooshi said, noting that there are currently 18 vacancies available forUAE nationals.

Director of the EPAA Hana Al Suwaidi said the authority has achieved a 47 per cent increase in localised positions in 2008 as compared to 37 per cent in 2006.

“As many as 18 Emiratis and 129 blue-collar expatriates were appointed in 2006.

“The numbers have risen in 2008 to 21 UAE nationals, yet dropped to 100 expatriates.

“We are trying to recruit more Emiratis despite the lack of finance, insufficient resources and unavailability of a separate building,” Al Suwidi told the members of the Sharjah Consultative Councilon Thursday.news@khaleejtimes.com

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