Hamza Zaouali, Managing Director of IRIS Executives, the first UAE head hunting firm specialising in recruiting Emiratis, said banks are leagues ahead in the recruitment drive because of more attractive graduate and career development programmes.
He said while cultural barriers and low wages combine to make the hospitality and insurance unpopular career choices for Emiratis, more turn to banks, despite the fact that they offer little more in terms of salary packages, and also have their own cultural barriers.
“The banking sector has shown that every industry can develop its own unique selling points to attract the right Emirati talent,” said Zaouali, co-founder last year of IRIS Executives, the official Emiratisation Partner for the Al Ain Education and Career Fair. “Through effective and consistent recruitment strategies and career development programmes, the banking sector has shown that salary and cultural considerations are not the primary decision criteria for young UAE Nationals. Rather, their confidence in a potential employer is the most important factor.”
Held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, UAE Minister of Higher Education & Scientific Research, the Al Ain Education and Career Fair takes place from 30 April to 2 May at the Al Khabisi Wedding Celebration Hall.
The banking sector in the UAE currently has the highest rate of Emiratisation for the private sector at 35 per cent. By comparison, Emiratisation stands at 6.5 per cent in the insurance sector, and at just over four per cent in the hospitality sector.
“The banking sector has proven that the Emiratis are not solely attracted by financial aspects and working hours,” said Zaouali. “Like anyone else, Emirati job seekers are looking for companies that truly care; companies that train, promote, and inspire them. These employers are usually the ones able to attract and retain them easily. Although it doesn’t offer much higher salary packages, the banking sector is still a driving force in the Emiratisation of the private sector.”
Zaouli said that while Government organisations such as the Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA) are actively implementing strategies to encourage Emirati talent to pursue careers in the hospitality sector, private organisations need to do more.
Insurance and hospitality sector employers will have a unique opportunity to recruit young UAE Nationals at the Al Ain Education and Career Fair, where more than 10,000 qualified Emiratis will be looking to make the next big step in their professional careers. Among those already committed to offering career opportunities to UAE Nationals at the event are Emirates Insurance and the Millennium Copthorne Hotels Middle East group, which is planning to open a new hotel in the Garden City.
Supported by the Emirates National Development Programme, and strategically located in Al Ain due to its large population of Emirati school leavers and university graduates, the event focuses on career, training and education opportunities in the UAE for young Emiratis contemplating their future educational aspirations and career direction.
Providing a dual platform for education providers and employers in the UAE, the exhibition is Al Ain’s annual showcase event for universities and training institutes seeking students, and for leading employers searching for talented UAE Nationals in an effort to boost and fulfil their Emiratisation quotas.
Diamond sponsor The UAE Presidential Guard, along with gold sponsors ADNOC, Etihad Airways, Etihad Rail, and Etisalat, are among the other exhibitors who will be offering current job openings and future career opportunities to young Emiratis.
Other major employers signed up include the Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority (ADFCA), Mubadala Aerospace, Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, Abu Dhabi Farmers Services Centre, and General Holding Corporation, the UAE’s largest industrial conglomerate, whose companies include Emirates Steel, Arkan, Agthia and the National Petroleum Construction Company.
The Al Ain Education and Career Fair attracted more than 7,000 visitors in 2011 and returns this year with regular show features including the AIESEC Psychometric Assessment Centre, and the Advice Clinic, where qualified Emirati counsellors provide visitors with career path guidance.
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