Nationals concerned about obstacles in getting private jobs

DUBAI - The nationals have a very poor representation in the private sector jobs. What is the reason for this?

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Published: Mon 3 May 2004, 9:25 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 2:17 PM

Khaleej Times talked to some nationals to find out the same and a majority of them stressed that there were many a obstacle that had led to this state of affair.

Fatima Al Sari, Media Coordinator of Dubai Women's Association, says most of the jobs are offered to fresh graduates and mature UAE national women are not provided with lucrative offers in the private sector unlike the government sector.

"Employers in the private sector are not prepared to give jobs to senior UAE women because they think a woman over the age of 40 is not productive and may not be aware of advanced technology."

"Many private companies are also not willing to hire UAE women because of their national costume which is considered impractical in the working environment."

Amira Al Suwaidi, a high school graduate, said, "I need to climb up the corporate ladder, so I don't mind accepting a monthly salary of Dh 3,000, and am also willing to receive training to develop my skills."

"Though UAE nationals would customarily prefer the public sector to the private sector, I am prepared to take up any job in the private sector as long as my skills match the requirements."

Manal Al Amiri, a graduate of the Dubai Women's College, said, "I am ready to take a job in the tourism and hospitality industry and I received training to operate from the front desk of a hotel. But they were not wiling to give me a job because of my national dress, which they deemed unacceptable for a woman working at the front desk. I love dealing with people and may take a job in customer service."

Amina Ibrahim from Dubai Women's Association said, "The future economic success of the UAE will depend on the skills and capabilities of the population."

"The UAE youth is the key to creating a workforce which is able to compete in the emerging knowledge-based, global economy. Some local women face a problem of self-doubt and timidity. So, many of them don't prefer the private sector as they like to work four hours in a non-stressful environment."

"Many women also like to take long vacations during the summer which is not acceptable to everybody in the private sector. I believe that the UAE should consider intervention policies that will secure the interests of UAE women employees and ensure job stability of UAE nationals in the private sector.

"Also, the private sector should create a favourable work environment for local women employees, which will positively affect their productivity and improve their attitude towards working in this important sector."

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