Over 75 percent of Job-seekers Satisfied With Government Emiratisation Policies: ESSCR Poll

  • 17 September 2013

A poll conducted by the Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR) has shown that 78.4 per cent of respondents said they were aware of the government Emiratisation policies and 75.5 per cent were satisfied with these policies.

The ECSSR polled nearly 1000 Emirati job-seekers about their attitudes towards government Emiratisation strategies and the challenges they face to find a proper job.

Asked about challenges faced when searching for a government job, 60.6 per cent identified experience, 56.4 per cent said salary and perks, followed by skills (45.5 per cent), promotion and career progress (37.1) and work pressure (35.8 per cent).

For the private sector, the challenge order changed, as salary and perks come at the top with 66.3 per cent, work pressure (53.8), experience (45.8) and discrimination against Emiratis (35.2 per cent).

The poll showed that 70.9 per cent of job-seekers were registered with government employment agencies against 30.1 per cent registered with private sector job providers.

Findings revealed that 65.1 per cent of those offered jobs, who represent 39.2 per cent of total job-seekers, turned down job offers because of the low salaries and privileges.

The poll noted that although majority of job-seekers preferred government jobs, 23.4 per cent of respondents would accept private sector jobs. ''This group should be spurred to join the private sector,'' the poll said.

The study called for creating economic activities in areas that were witnessing high rate of unemployment. It also acknowledged the government's sincere efforts to advance Emiratisation and generate job opportunities for Emiratis, noting the Absher Initiative, launched by President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, to encourage Emiratis to join the private sector. The initiative aims to create 20,000 job opportunities over the next five years.