UAE: Emiratisation deadline looms for private sector companies

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Private sector companies in the UAE face a December 31 deadline to meet an Emiratisation target this year, according to the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MOHRE).

Since January, the UAE has required private sector companies with 50 or more employees to hire Emiratis as part of two percent of their annual workforce.

MOHRE warned that those who fail to meet their Emiratisation target will face fines, and added that inspections are ongoing to ensure that companies do not resort to fake Emiratisation.

“Teams inspect compliance with Emiratisation policies and decisions, identify negative practices, such as fake Emiratisation and attempts to circumvent Emiratisation decisions, and take legal action against any establishment found to be in violation of relevant regulations and decisions,” according to MOHRE.

According to the authority, more than 84,000 Emiratis currently work in the private sector.

Fines for violating companies range from Dh20,000 to Dh100,000, and potential referral to the Public Prosecution, based on the level of the violation, according to MOHRE.

Under the UAE law, private sector companies with 50 or more employees must hire a minimum of 2 percent of Emiratis as part of their workforce per year or be fined Dh42,000 for each Emirati not hired.

As an incentive, Emiratis who take up jobs in the private sector will be given financial benefits under the NAFIS programme. However, Emiratis proven to be involved in fake Emiratisation jobs will be asked to return the funding that they illegally received. ICA/Expat Media

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