Abu Dhabi: Companies that employ over 1,000 workers and are registered with Tas’heel’s online services will be required to hire Emiratis for data entry positions from 2017 or they will not be provided additional work permits, the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation announced today.

“This new decree aims to provide job opportunities for our citizens, something which aids the ongoing private sector Emiratisation process; hence the ministry’s recent name change,” said Saqr Ghobash, Minister of Human Resources and Emiratisation.

Ghobash added, “Emirati successes in that particular field have been noticed over the past years. Therefore, we’ve decided to localise Data Entry positions across major companies, a step we believe shall have many positive outcomes.”

According to the ministry’s database there are 375 major companies that employ over 1,000 workers.

Around 1,000 citizens are filling positions across 44 Tas’heel service centres across the UAE. The centres are considered part of the private sector, however, they are supervised by the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation.

Ghobash explained the ministry’s readiness to provide a list of qualified Emirati cadres to filling data entry positions across major companies.