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Four million employed with the private sector, says minister

About four million individuals are employed with the private sector in the country, half of which are construction workers said Saqr Saeed Gobash, Minister of Labour.

  • Staff Report
  • Published: 09:12 July 5, 2009
  • Gulf News

Dubai: About four million individuals are employed with the private sector in the country, half of which are construction workers said Saqr Saeed Gobash, Minister of Labour.

He was speaking a Dubai Economic Council (DEC) meeting. Quoting figures, Gobash said that the number of individuals working private sector stood at 2.567 in 2006, it was 3.113 in 2007 and this figure shot up to 4.079 in 2008.

According to him, nationals comprise less than half-a-percent of the total number of workers in the private sector. The percentage of the nationals working in the private sector stood at 0.25 in 2006 and saw a slight increase in 2007 with 0.36 per cent. However there was no visible change in their figures in 2008.

The DEC meeting was chaired by Juma Al Majid head of the DEC and was attended by Shaikh Ahmad Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and Chief Executive of Emirates Airlines and group, Khalid Bin Sulayem, Director General of Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) and Abul Aziz Al Ghurair, speaker of the Federal National Council.

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