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Companies in UAE to be fined Dh6,000 monthly for not hiring Emiratis in certain jobs


DUBAI – Starting in January 2023, companies in the UAE that do not hire Emiratis in high-skilled jobs will be fined Dh6,000 monthly, according to a new UAE Cabinet decision.

This comes after the UAE Cabinet approved on Monday (May 9) to increase the Emiratisation rate to 2 percent annually in high-skilled jobs at companies that employ 50 workers or more.

The move is aimed at creating more than 12,000 job opportunities for Emiratis in all sectors each year.

For compliant private sector companies, the UAE will be giving an incentive of reduced fees of up to 80 percent at the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation.

Dr. Abdulrahman Al Awar, Minister of Human Resources and Emiratisation, said that the latest decisions are aimed at supporting Emirati talents in the private sector.

Al Awar also said that the UAE aims to increase the number of Emiratis in private sector jobs by 10 percent per year in the next five years.

The UAE has announced a number of programs to support Emirati workers in the private sector. The government offers an Emirati Salary Support Scheme of up to Dh8,000 per month for one year to UAE citizens who want to go on training, and a monthly support of up to Dh5,000 for five years for Emirati university graduates.

The program provides a top-up cash support on the existing salaries of Emiratis working in specialized fields, such as nursing, accounting and coding.

Emirati parents working in the private sector can also get a Private Sector Child Allowance of up to Dh800 per child, and a maximum of Dh3,200 per month.

As of March 2022, the number of new Emiratis who joined the private sector was at 5,558 while the number of companies that hire new Emirati employees increased to 1,774. ICA/Expat Media

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