Companies are preparing to start localizing 50% of jobs and prevent expatriates from working in them

Member of the Federal National Council, Shatha Saeed Al-Naqbi, informed "Emirates Today" that she had submitted to the Minister of State for Government Development and the Future, the Chairperson of the Federal Authority for Government Human Resources, Ohoud bint Khalfan Al Roumi, 10 parliamentary proposals that would reduce what she described as "the phenomenon of unreal nationalization rates." In government agencies and institutions, the most prominent of which is the introduction of a law that obliges private companies to specify a certain percentage of Emiratization, and to move away from the policy of incentives, and to oblige private outsourcing companies to have Emiratisation rates of no less than 50% of employees, in exchange for allowing them to sign outsourcing contracts with government institutions.

In detail, Al-Naqbi confirmed that transferring knowledge to employees in federal government agencies is one of the goals of outsourcing governance procedures in the government, pointing out that the role of the departments concerned with training and employment in federal agencies lies in ensuring the commitment of companies to which some government services are outsourced to train and qualify a number of of employees in the outsourcing business.

Al-Naqbi criticized the use of so-called outsourcing agencies and external contracts to circumvent their Emiratization rates, considering that this type of procedures followed by some governmental and semi-governmental institutions affect the Emiratisation rate.

She added that those who follow government institutions find that foreign contracts depend primarily on residents, while there are large numbers of unemployed citizens and university degree holders who are still on the list of job seekers, and they frequent employment fairs in search of a job, and these citizens sit in Their homes are graduates of applied institutes, including technicians, mechanics and engineers, and they are ready to work in the technical sector, reception, secretarial services, and customer happiness services.”

Al-Naqbi explained that she sought to try to develop solutions to this negative phenomenon through 10 proposals she addressed to Ohoud Al-Roumi, during the Federal National Council session, which was held last Tuesday. And the need to put in place a law that obliges private companies to specify a certain percentage of Emiratisation, not less than 50% of the employees, to allow them to sign outsourcing contracts with government institutions.”

According to Al-Naqbi, the list of proposals included “obligating companies that will contract with government institutions to make partial contracts for citizens looking for work who have the same skill, reconsidering the recommendation of the National Council to establish a body to follow up on Emiratisation in the private sector, amending the retirement law, or amending the retirement ceiling, and easing the conditions Experience for fresh graduates.

The proposals included “calculating training as hours of experience for job seekers, putting in place a law obligating the employment of citizens in free zones at a rate of 50%, establishing a law that criminalizes the issue of not giving real information about resettlement, and reconsidering external contracts for workers with the reward system.”