Private sector companies based in the UAE have been urged to achieve their Emiratisation target for skilled jobs before the end of 2022.
Firms with a workforce of over 50 employees must reach the 2 per cent Emiratisation rate by the end of the year or face penalties.
Financial penalties on non-compliance will include a monthly fine of Dhs6,000 for every Emirati not hired, and will be collected starting January next year.
The Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MoHRE) encouraged entities to benefit from the incentives provided for recruiting UAE nationals through the NAFIS platform. It will boost their efforts in reaching the required rate before the deadline, the ministry added.
Saif Al Suwaidi, under secretary for Emiratisation at MoHRE, said, “We are keen to support and empower private sector companies to achieve the Emiratisation targets before the end of this year. We’re cooperating closely with the private sector, stemming from our belief in its role as a key partner in developing and shaping the future.”
“Compliance with the laws regulating the job market is in the interest of private sector companies and their employees. We aim to develop the capabilities of the private sector and enable it to keep pace with changes in global business models and attract UAE national talents to work in skilled jobs, through the Nafis programme, which is a cornerstone of these efforts,” he added.
The ministry offers a package of incentives to private sector companies that achieve the Emiratisation target, which include first category classification and membership of the Tawteen Partners Club within the establishments’ classification system, where members receive discounts of up to 80 per cent on the ministry’s service fees.
This year’s two per cent Emiratisation rate is calculated as for every 50 non-Emiratis working in skilled jobs, one UAE national shall be hired. This decision aims to achieve an increase by 10 per cent in the Emiratisation rate by 2026.
Source: Gulf Business