Tanmia survey on job opportunities

DUBAI - The National Human Resources Development and Employment Authority Tanmia has started conducting a field survey on job opportunities for UAE nationals in the Northern Emirates, as part of a series of strategic projects undertaken by the authority as part of its objectives and plan for this year.

By Sanaa Maadad

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Published: Sun 31 Aug 2003, 11:43 AM

Last updated: Wed 1 Apr 2015, 10:15 PM

Dr Abdul Rehman Al Awar, Director General of Tanmia said that the survey seeks to identify the demand and employment prospects for nationals in the private and government sectors in the Northern Emirates.

"It will explore the potential for transferring more jobs from the federal government to these emirates and for employment of more candidates from the Northern Emirates in Abu Dhabi and Dubai by providing appropriate transport and accommodation facilities," Dr Al Awar said, adding that the survey is being conducted by Tanmia's Centre for Labour Market Research and Information.

Explaining the project, he said that it aims at developing a comprehensive strategy for creating sustainable skilled job opportunities for UAE nationals in five Northern Emirates. "It will identify the means to help those nationals establish and develop small business enterprises and identify training and retraining requirements to qualify them for the type of jobs that will be specified by the study," Dr Al Awar said.

The project is based on two main field researches. The first seeks to identify employment potential in private establishments and exploring the ability of government and non-government organisations to absorb the unemployed nationals there.

The second field research, family survey, aims at understanding the changes in the demographic and social structure, including the attitude towards women's employment, and the impact of all this on their interest in paid jobs. The family survey also aims at assessing the number, skills and educational qualifications of job seekers, thus providing a vital database that can be used in other studies.

The family survey covers 2,120 families in the five Northern Emirates and comprises four sets of questionnaires: one addressed for the family head, a second for employed family members, a third for the unemployed members and the last for students.

The questionnaire to be answered by the family head tries to monitor the attitude towards employment for women and whether the family in charge would allow the female members to work in other emirates if a safe transport or accommodation is provided. The questionnaire also seeks answers about his or her perceptions of the factors that encourage employment of nationals in the private sector.

The employed members of the families are being asked about the work environment and conditions and about the job satisfaction and training opportunities, while the unemployed adults aged between 15 and 50 including job seekers and housewives are asked about their previous work experiences, if any, their professional and personal skills, if they accept jobs involving travel among other questions.

The fourth questionnaire seeks to monitor the future plans for students in schools and higher institutions whether they intend to pursue their studies and if they accept to work in the private sector.

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