Companies to prioritise Emiratis over expats in new nationwide drive

The Ministry of Emiratisation and Human Resources has selected 400 job titles of positions that it wants to see Emiratis given the opportunity to fill, before an expat is brought in to take the role.

The aim is to provide 15,000 job opportunities for Emiratis by the end of this year. When one of the 2,000 companies seeks to recruit an expat for a position, the ministry will scan the market for a suitable Emirati.

When one of the 2,000 companies seeks to recruit an expat for a position, the ministry will scan the market for a suitable Emirati.

If none is found, the company can go ahead and recruit the expat. If a potential Emirati recruit is found, the company has to interview them and will be encouraged to prioritise them – if they are fit for the job. And if the company sees the Emirati candidate as unfit, they should justify the reasons to the ministry.

Source Credit: The National

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