Nahyan Calls for Bigger Share in Private Sector Employment for Nationals

ABU DHABI — Shaikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, on Monday called for a higher share in jobs in the private sector for nationals.

By Staff Reporter

Published: Thu 30 Apr 2009, 12:41 AM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 1:25 AM

He was addressing the opening ceremony of the two-day Emiratisation Forum 2009 ‘Advancing and Retaining UAE Nationals in the Workplace’ being held in the capital. The forum is being organised by Abu Dhabi University.

“Emiratisation is necessary, but sometimes an elusive goal,” he said.

“At first glance, it appears that full employment of citizens of the UAE should be a fairly simple matter. The number of people seeking employment, after all, is relatively small when compared to the large number of jobs required to drive our nation. However, there are many complications connected with social, economic and technological considerations that affect the placement of nationals seeking employment,” the minister explained.

For Emiratisation to succeed, Shaikh Nahyan pointed out, “We must explore ways to increase the share of employment for nationals in the private sector.” Besides, a proactive role is needed from all corners of the private sector: First, to help articulate their employment needs; second, to create and seek to fill appropriate employment opportunities for nationals in their companies; and third, to provide on-the-job training programmes to enable nationals to develop the skills and experience to advance in their companies, he said.

The forum, being run in conjunction with Aim Events, discussed a wide range of topics, including developing employee calibre, improving retention rates, maintaining a motivated workforce and managing quotas. “We must develop strategies with private sector employers to help persuade nationals that employment in the private sector is highly desirable. We must work to overcome flawed stereotyping of nationals as employees; and we must provide data and information about different careers and job openings to students and others seeking work across the country,” Shaikh Nahyan stressed.

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