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UAE firms beef up hiring of UAE nationals

Banks, insurance companies have recently opened more than 1,000 positions in UAE

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Private companies in the UAE have been reminded again to support the government's Emiratisation drive.

Dubai: Private sector companies in the UAE have increased the hiring of UAE nationals this year, as the government speeds up the implementation of its Emiratisation agenda.

In only a little over two months, close to 1,000 new workers have been hired by financial and banking institutions in the UAE.

At least 36 banks, 39 insurance companies and 36 exchange and finance houses in the UAE have opened a total of 1,026 job vacancies so far this year.

Out of the new job offers, 914 positions were allocated to 914 Emirati men and women and the majority have already started working, according to Saqr bin Ghobash Saeed Ghobash, Ministr of Human Resources and Emiratisation.

The local residents have been recruited through Government Accelerators, a state-run initiative that was launched in 2016 to speed up the implementation of the National Agenda of the UAE Vision 2021.

Companies in the UAE have been encouraged to support the UAE government’s Emiratisation drive, with a number of them saying they are in the process of expanding their Emirati workfoce.

“UAE nationals currently constitute 11 per cent of our workforce, some of which have been in the company for more than nine years,” said Rashed Ali Al Ansari, general manager of Al Ansari Exchange.

“We are currently working on increasing the number of our national employees at higher organisational levels to increase their job satisfaction and loyalty to the workplace,” he added.

Ghobash said they are again reminding other employers to support the Emiratisation programme. “We remind other companies and establishments, which have achieved nothing yet in this regard, that [the Dubai ruler] wants the private sector to shoulder its responsibility in the process of Emiratisation and take part in the development of this generous country,” said Ghobash.

 “The banks and financial institutions, which employed the Emirati men and women through the Government Accelerators, proved that they are serious about undertaking their social and national responsibilities and their role in achieving Emiratisation,” a statement from WAM quoted Ghobash as saying.



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