‘UAE Jobs Bank’ to prioritize Emiratization in 160 professions
What is Emiratization?
Tawteen, or the policy of Emiratization, is the inclusion of Emiratis in the workforce, by law, especially in the private sector. The primary intention of the policy is to see a significant growth of UAE nationals in the job market. Emiratization is vital to the country, as it will not only ensure the involvement of UAE nationals in various employment sectors, it is also believed that increase in the percentage of UAE nationals in the workforce will result in a more diverse workforce and thus, lower the country’s reliance on expat labor.
Emiratization is one of the top priorities for the UAE Government. In line with the above, the “UAE Jobs Bank” portal has been launched at the end of November, as part of the implementation of the Cabinet’s resolution to ensure that all government entities and private sector prioritize the employment of UAE nationals. The bank was launched by Shaikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, on the second day of the third UAE Government annual meetings, chaired by His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, and His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.
The UAE Jobs Bank is an e-government platform that will ensure that citizens can now apply easily and independently to various employment opportunities open in both the public and private sectors. Their applications will be prioritized across 160 professions consisting of more than 5000 job roles. The platform has been a joint collaboration between The Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratization, Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship and the Federal Authority for Government Human Resources who will be overseeing the recruitment and selection process. All open job opportunities within the banks are to be posted on www.aejob.ae website, in accordance with the working mechanism of the bank. The Emirati jobseekers can then apply directly for the most suitable opportunity for him/her.
The implementation will take place in 2 stages:
The first stage began in November of this year with government entities, semi-government companies, federal and local organizations, public shareholding companies and national banks positing their employment opportunities directly onto the website. The second stage will come into play in the second quarter of 2020 which will consist of government entities, semi-government and private sector organizations. Once a potential candidate has applied for a job, the job advertiser will interview the shortlisted candidates whose experience and qualifications are suitable for the job roles and responsibilities.
The further procedures of selection and hiring will be undertaken by the job advertiser. It is a requirement for all companies to provide suitable explanations and reasons for rejecting a candidate within 5 working days of the interview. Only then will they be allowed to hire non-UAE nationals for the role. The governor of UAE, Mubarak Rashid Al-Mansouri, has expressed that the country aims to offer at least 40 percent of banking jobs to its nationals. Currently, Emiratis constitute 26.1 percent of the country’s banking workforce.
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