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Emirati women employees in demand in the private sector

Study shows Emirati women employees are hard working and keen to prove their skills

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Visitors queue for registration at Careers UAE, at the Dubai International Convention andExhibition Centre.
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Abu Dhabi: Emirati women employees are in high demand in the private sector because they are hard working and always keen to prove their potential, according to a study by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) released on Wednesday.

The study shows women have been a vital part of Emirati society throughout the country’s history. They used to work in the pearl and fishing industries in addition to fulfilling the family’s agricultural needs and raising children.

“We are aware of the importance of female labour forces among UAE nationals, which is why we always make sure that they get the chance to hunt the job they are looking for in a more comfortable atmosphere,” said Hayete Jemai, director of the Tawdheef exhibition.

According to the NBS, the unemployment rate among Emiratis has reached 20.8 per cent while the Abu Dhabi Tawteen Council said earlier the number of Emirati jobseekers had reached 13,000 annually, 80 per cent of whom are female, most with a high standard of education.

The results prompted the UAE government to announce 2013 as the year of creating jobs for Emiratis and for Emiratisation of jobs to boost the Emirati workforce and secure a decent life for citizens.

Held under the patronage of Shaikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Tawdheef’s recruitment show will take place from January 29-31 at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (Adnec).

The three-day event covers a vast range of sectors including finance, recruitment, oil and gas, media and health.

“As the UAE’s leading career fair, Tawdheef has always focused on developing a unique platform to support the UAE government’s strategic plan to boost Emiratisation and help create jobs for young UAE nationals,” Hayete added.

“Every year we attract an impressive line-up of hiring organisations, from small start-up private companies to large government institutions. All participating organisations at the expo will have open positions for Emiratis, so we can ensure a variety of career options available for eager job hunters,” Hayete said.

Emiratis are preparing their CVs to attend the three-day fair in order to meet recruiters.

Mai Al Mansouri, 23, an Emirati graduate, said: “In the past women would have been put off by the working conditions; however, it is absolutely changing now. Women’s requirements and demands are fully taken into consideration.”

“I can really see great progress regarding how women are treated in the workplace in the UAE. They are given the same respect and job opportunities as men,” she added.

Major companies have already stated their intent to place extra emphasis to the year of Emiratisation by revealing more than 1,000 job positions they will be offering at the fair.

All participating organisations are looking to meet, interview, and recruit male and female Emiratis.

Saqr Gobash Saeed Gobash, Minister of Labour, told Gulf News in an earlier interview that Emiratis have to be told of opportunities and the government should increase their awareness of programmes and initiatives available.

Gobash also pointed out that the ministry has sent a quota to different banking institutions and financial firms to support Emiratisation targets.

“For instance, the banking sector is looking to increase its Emiratisation targets by four per cent on an annual basis to reach 45 per cent of its staff to be UAE nationals-up from the current 35 per cent,” he said.