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The Puzzling Question of Emiratisation
It sure isn’t a simple question, especially when you consider the obligations that both employers and employees must abide by.
April 26, 2011 3:58 by shafeer
Kipp has reported on the very tricky issue that is Emiratisation before and we’ve always reached a somewhat ambivalent conclusion concerning the issue. Because, and Kipp really does hate using the phrase, “it’s complicated.” Emiratisation aims to positively deal with a national crisis but at the same time it can be hurtful to businesses and even discriminatory.
It is because of this very complexity that Kipp often does excuse some of the slightly convoluted rhetoric that proponents of Emiratisation endorse, but when we read of this talk from Dr SelimSadek, the vice president of strategies and development at UAE Academy at the opening day of the sixth annual GCC Nationalisation Summit we knew we had to blog about it.
To quote the lead from article in The National: “A young Emirati woman who worked as a human-resources specialist in the private sector, resigned to take a job at a government agency where she doubled her salary, a career expert said yesterday. But the job switch was not about money. “When I asked her why, she said, ‘To be honest, it is not because of the salary, but now I will have time to talk to my husband.”
Interesting anecdote thinks Kipp, but consider the conclusions Dr.Sadek drew from it: “We do not need to change the regulations, the market or the working hours, but the mind of those decision-makers. (…) If Emiratis continued to be made to feel they were a burden and a quota, they were unlikely to take up jobs in the private sector, preferring to move to a more secure government position”, he said.
Kipp is a little confused. Dr Sadek claims that Emiratis do not take up jobs in the private sector because they prefer the security a government jobs provides and that, like the aforementioned Emirati woman who switched her job because it was too time-consuming, it is hard work. At the same time Sadek, however, says he thinks private sector underestimates and under works nationals.
It is a confusing topic and an even more confusing argument. What do you think about it? Do you think there is truth to Sadek’s words? How should Emiratisation be approached in the UAE?