The UAE has been making significant progress in creating sustainable employment opportunities for UAE nationals. The government's policy is to interact with key stakeholders in the society to provide more job opportunities for Emirati graduates whose number is increasing at a fast pace every year.
According to the Human Resources Authorities, the number of Emirati jobseekers ranges between 12,000 and 13,000 annually, out of whom 80 percent are female jobseekers with many of them holding high qualifications.
With the Emirate of Abu Dhabi itself expecting to create more than 600,000 new jobs over the next decade, based on the forecast of 7 to 9 percent annual economic growth, the government’s goal is to disseminate quality education and provide effective human resource development programmes to improve the ability of the educational system to prepare highly efficient human capital and keep abreast with the job market demand. It also seeks to rectify the current imbalance between public and private sectors in providing employment for UAE nationals.
Traditionally, the public sector accounts for 52 percent of the Emiratisation of jobs in Abu Dhabi. UAE nationals are attracted to the public sector for various reasons especially high remuneration packages, job security and shorter working hours, among others.
TAWDHEEF is set to align strategies with organisations from the public sector currently engaging the Emiratisation processes, as well as assist the Emirati nationals exploring career opportunities in this sector.
As employment in public sector is nearing the level of saturation, private sector organisations in UAE need to participate more actively in increasing their share of UAE national employment.
The private sector currently accounts for nearly 4 percent of total employment of Emirati workforce in Abu Dhabi. The low contribution of the sector can be attributed to various reasons, notably lack of incentives and benefits, social barriers and the mismatch between the education output and labour market requirements.
TAWDHEEF's priority agenda is understanding the current market requirements and urgencies, and what are the gaps between the organisations and the Emirati job seekers –particularly the needed skills and qualifications.