In line with SDG 8, one of the six national priorities of the UAE’s National Agenda 2021 is transitioning to a ‘knowledge based economy’ In practice¨ this signifies promoting innovation and research, supporting high value-adding sectors and strengthening the regulatory framework for key sectors. The Ministry of Human Resources & Emiratization (MOHRE) is responsible of transforming the job market in the UAE into an attractive market for Emirati talent. To do that, MOHRE has focused on developing a system of policies, standards but also institutional partnerships to empower the Emirati labour force, protect the work environment whilst reinforcing innovation.
Policies and Initiatives
- Citizen Redistribution Policy (2018) is a job rotation mechanism between the public and private sector that aims to provide experienced and competent staff from the public sector to take on leading positions in the private sector
- The Unified Portal for Self-employment of Skilled Personnel (2018) aims to connect talented national skills with different programs and services in the private and public sector. The portal is also a platform for companies to use in order to hire national talent
- Launch of a series of smart apps in 2017 and 2018 to encourage efficiency and promote ease in service provision. This includes, but is not limited to, ‘Wajehni’, an app aimed at providing professional guidance to the UAE’s fresh graduates to identify work and internship opportunities; the ‘Salamah’ app targeted at employers, workers and doctors and aims to be a platform to instantly report any work-related injuries.
- Raising the level of Emiratisation in the private sector especially that of females as the majority of UAE nationals prefer working in the public sector
- Potential loss of a number of jobs due to the risk that automation poses on administrative jobs hence the importance of equipping UAE nationals with the right skills to succeed in the private sector.