Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Emiratization database :: Gulf News

Quote (scroll to end of Gulf News article):
During a meeting held in Abu Dhabi between the UAE Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, General Pension and Social Security Authority, Abu Dhabi Retirement Pension and Benefits Fund and Tanmia Dr Khalid Al Khazraji, Undersecretary at the Ministry of Health, highlighted the resolution and system adopted to facilitate the creation of a comprehensive database of UAE nationals and GCC employees in private sector.
Actually, this is a pretty big step. Without this integration it is not possible for Tanmia to determine whether an employer is meeting emiratization targets. Every working Emirati is a member of the pension system whether they are working in the public or the private sector. The pension authority's database has the information needed to track where Emiratis are working.

UPDATE: Labour minister vows to crackdown on the company that created sham jobs to meet emiratization targets.

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Anonymous mohamed Elzubeir said...

This is not going to stop happening. Those policies may be well intended, but unless they start making it just as attractive to hire a local national as an expat, with qualifications being the only determining factor, it will conitnue to be a problem.

I remember a company I worked for in Bahrain, which had to do the same thing to meet their quota, in order for them to hire me. Their problem was simple, there were no qualified nationals who could do the same job. In fact, they would have loved to hire one, but they were nowhere to be found.

So, when government policies corner companies into such a situation, you cannot really expect the business owner to say, you know what, we'll just close down until we find enough locals to hire. Not in this world.

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