Companies operating in the UAE's private sector have 47 days left to comply with the country's Emiratisation rules or face an annual fine of $20,000 (72,000 dirhams) for every Emirati they fail to hire, starting from January 2023.
The move is part of the UAE's drive to increase the number of Emirati nationals in the work force and is in line with the government's Emirati Talent Competitiveness Council (Nafis) initiative, which aims to raise the contributions of Emirati citizens within the private sector.
Under the new rules, companies with more than 50 employees must ensure that two per cent of employees are Emirati before the 1 January deadline.
Private sector companies,
50 days left to achieve the Emiratisation target.
If you're a company with at least 50 employees, the target is increasing your Emiratisation rate by 2% of skilled jobs before January 1, 2023. pic.twitter.com/auBb1dgcUk
— وزارة الموارد البشرية والتوطين (@MOHRE_UAE) November 11, 2022
On Friday, the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation said in a statement that "We reaffirm our belief in developing the UAE labour market in partnership with the private sector to help achieve an improved business environment and investment climate that encourages companies, investors, entrepreneurs, and talented people from all over the world to work in the UAE, especially in strategic sectors."
"Adhering to the legislation regulating the labour market is ultimately in the interest of private sector companies and their employees," it added.
In accordance with the Nafis initiative, the UAE wants ten per cent of its private sector to be made up of Emirati citizens by 2026.
"The Nafis programme encourages UAE nationals to enter the private sector while benefiting from the largest possible level of government empowerment and support," the ministry said.