All expats including Pakistani applying for work permits in private or public sectors, must now pass a 'database procedure' that ensures that suitable Emirati candidates - looking for the same job - are not overlooked, heard the Federal National Council (FNC) on Tuesday.
FNC members raised their concerns to Nasser bin Thani Juma Al Hamli, the Minister of Human Resources and Emiratisation, about job opportunities for Emiratis and argued that that all entities must adopt a recruitment system that ensures Emiratis are prioritised for any new job openings.
"If I know an Emirati who is jobless, I have to do something about it," said FNC member, Hamad Al Rahoomi.
"We are a priority, we are locals and we are not finding jobs in our country - this is not normal," he told the Minister.
"The government is very concerned about Emiratisation in the private sector, and everyone should contribute towards that," the Minister said.
However, Al Rahoomi pointed out that businesses across the country have not implemented Article 14 for 1980 law, regarding work regulations.
"Why is Article 14 of the Federal Law No. (8) for the year 1980 concerning the organisation of labour relations and its amendments on this subject not implemented?" He asked.
"It is not permissible to issue a visa or a work permit (to an expat) for any job, which an Emirati is suitable for. The article since 1980 to date has not been implemented, and applied."