(MENAFN Editorial) Gulf Arab States Need to Create 600,000 Private-sector Jobs by 2018
To Maintain Percentage of Nationals Working for Private Companies, Say's IM
The regional private sector is still dominated by an expat work force, and governments across the region are looking at various measures to make the private sector more appealing to the local work force. According to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the Gulf Arab States need to create a massive 600,000 jobs by 2018, just to maintain a credible percentage of nationals working in the private sector.
The two largest economies in the Arab world, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are challenged to turn the massive growth of their private sectors into jobs for their nationals.
According to the UAE Labour Ministry, the country needs to create anywhere from 10,000 to 20,000 jobs a year in the private sector, just to meet the requirements of the labour force likely to join the job market over the next decade
It is estimated that Emiratis working in the private sector do not exceed seven percent according to published data from the UAE Ministry of Economy. Initiatives by private companies like scholarship and workplace internships are helping nationals choose careers in the private sector.
One of the region's leading IT solutions providers is helping to change the way select UAE students are approaching their university studies by preparing them today to be the country's workforce of tomorrow
Hasan Metla, Chief Financial Officer of Omnix International, says that his company became more involved in university activities once it was able to measure the enormous impact of its initiatives. He believes that, despite gaps being successfully filled, a greater number of leading organizations such as Omnix should consider playing a role in the provision of services for the UAE's higher education sector, as participation can only bring shared rewards for all parties involved
"Filling education support services gaps with specialist solutions from third-parties is a 'win-win' situation for everyone. The educational institutions benefit by having an organization whos service provision is their particular forte, the students gain from having an additional knowledge resource, and the providers benefit through their name becoming embedded in the minds of a generation of future leaders and potential employees," said Metla
"Just having a master's degree is no longer enough to guarantee a top job, students need real life experiences and market know-how before they step into their working careers. The private sector must play a defining role in helping the new workforce acquire skills, which will make them standout in the jobs market," added Metla
UAE-headquartered Omnix International has confirmed that it will continue to work with ambitious university students across the UAE, providing invaluable workplace internship and training to assist students in their quest to mould themselves into the country's future business leaders
Omnix remains confident that the educational sector will see huge benefits from partnerships with leading companies who understand the importance of imparting real life skills to students. Knowledge of new technologies and increased workplace understanding are beneficial for careers in any sector in the 21st century.
Omnix is confident in helping UAE students to be better prepared to choose a career path in an increasingly competitive job market “ these initiatives come at a time when UAE educational leaders are calling for greater support from the private sector
Omnix International, which provides IT solutions for the education, government, oil and gas, healthcare, finance, and aviation sectors, among others, already enjoys close working relationships with several leading UAE universities, including UAE University, Zayed University, Abu Dhabi University, American University in Sharjah, American University of UAE, and the American University in Dubai
The company has a rich history of having supported UAE universities over the last several years. From co-organized conference and event sponsorship to IT-related software licenses, training and internships, Omnix has always sought out opportunities to contribute actively to the communities in which it operates so successfully