The jobs do not satisfy their career aspirations

IN A labour market that has 300,000 vacancies every year, according to the latest statistics announced recently by the National Human Resources Development and Employment Authority Tanmia, it is unfortunate that many Emirati graduates are forced to accept jobs offering salaries lower than those of office boys in some federal ministries, rather than remaining jobless for years.

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Published: Wed 8 Mar 2006, 10:05 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 7:28 PM

The low salaries is not the only concern of those people, but also the fact that the jobs they occupy do not match their specialisations and do not satisfy their career ambitions. But since they have no other option, they are compelled to accept the situation until the Finance Ministry changes their grades and increases their salaries, or until Tanmia finds them alternative jobs. This catch-22 situation was highlighted recently by a large number of UAE nationals working at the Ministry of Health, who voiced their resentment at being treated as marginal manpower.

A total of 33,503 UAE nationals applied for various public and private sector jobs in the country between the end of 2001 till December 2005, but only 2,208 found placements in various organisations. Of the successful job-seekers, 33 per cent were employed in the trading sector, with the public sector and the banking industry coming next with 25 per cent and 17 per cent respectively.

The figures here speak for themselves, proving the slow pace of the emiratisation drive, despite the efforts exercised by Tanmia and the legislations of the Ministry of Labour with regard to the emiratisation quota in some companies, as well as its latest decision to nationalise the PRO profession in private companies. With thousands of new graduates expected to join the list of unemployed Emiratis in the near future, it is important for the government bodies concerned to accelerate the emiratisation process in a market that has more than half a million vacancies every year.

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