UAE has announced an ambitious programme of creating 30,000 jobs for Emiratis in the private sector.

Nasser bin Thani Al Hamli, Minister of Human Resources and Emiratisation, announced on Sunday that they are targeting of 30,000 jobs for citizens in the private sector in 2019, in implementation of the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to redouble their efforts.

The ministry is to empower localization of Emiratis via four parallel channels, in line with Article 14 of the Labour Relations and Direct Recruitment Law, National Employment agenda, as well as Emiratisation acceleration and Direct Employment, he added.

"The ministry managed to create 20,225 jobs to Emirati citizens in 2018 as compared to 6,862 in 2017," he revealed.

"Up to 11,700 UAE nationals have availed these job opportunities."

The minister added that they initiated a new mechanism for boosting Emiratisation last year via the acceleration of qualitative localization and direct employment.

"The ministry was set to secure 15,000 jobs for Emirati job seekers via 10 accelerators in vital economic sectors, including aviation, transportation, real estate development, communications and technology, service centers, finance and banking, insurance, retail and tourism."

These are apart from the localization accelerators adopted in the Dhafra area, he pointed out.

"We have also accelerated the recruitment of national service recruits in the private sector."

The ministry has also organized over 100 open recruitment days in the aforementioned sectors to achieve the target - in collaboration with companies and Emirati nationals nationwide, he elaborated.

"The ministry has also developed a special club for partners of Emiratisation to offer them more privileges and encourage them to recruit more locals."

Al Hamli further added that the UAE is to witness massive changes by 2031 that will significantly affect the labour market and create new sectors with more Emirati citizens - "up to 610,000 nationals" expected to join the workforce.

"We are targeting all the institutions with a workforce of 10 employees and more, considering their skill levels, and the average salaries being paid to their staff between Dh5,000 to Dh12,000 and above."

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