- Formation of the Emirati Talent Competitiveness Council
The ‘Emirati Talent Competitiveness Council’ aims to launch plans and strategies to create 75,000 jobs for Emiratis with incentives to join the private sector. For this purpose, the UAE allocated AED 24 billion to support the plan. H. H. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan is the Chairman and Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation, is the Vice Chairman of the council, which brings together representatives across the federal government.
- Recruitment targets
The Government set 10 per cent Emiratisation target in the private sector companies, over 2021-2025. The jobs given to UAE nationals must be in knowledge and skilled roles.
- The Emirati Salary Support Scheme
The Emirati Salary Support Scheme is a grant which aims to incentivise the recruitment of Emirati graduates in the private sector and contribute to their training costs. A monthly top-up of up to AED 8,000 will be given to graduates during the first year of training and a monthly top-up of up to AED 5,000 for five years after recruitment. Top-ups are conditional and based on a range of defined target salaries.
- Merit programme
The Merit Programme aims to incentivise national cadres in specialised fields. Emiratis working as nurses, accountants and financial auditors, lawyers, financial analysts and coders will receive a monthly salary top-up of AED 5,000.
- Pension scheme
Emiratis in the private sector who are earning less than AED 20,000 per month, will be given a five-year subsidy against their contributions in the pension plan. The Government will also contribute on behalf of the company against the cost of pension plans for Emirati staff in the first five years.
- Child Allowance scheme
Government will pay a child allowance to children of Emiratis working in the private sector towards their care. Each child will have up to AED 800, maximum of AED 3,200 per month. The scheme applies to children till they reach the age of 21.
- Talent Programme
The Talent Programme will invest AED 1.25 billion in developing specialised vocational skills for Emiratis in the areas of property management, accounting, business management and technology skills.
- The Apprentice Programme
The Apprentice Programme is a train-to-hire initiative to build vocational training for Emiratis in private and semi-government companies, with a range of financial awards across a number of business sectors.
- Healthcare Development Programme
It is an educational grant to develop 10,000 Emirati healthcare workers by 2025. The programme will roll out a ‘Graduate Healthcare Assistant Programme’, a ‘Higher Diploma in Emergency Medicine’ and a ‘Bachelor's degree in Nursing’. The programme is supported by ACTVET and Fatima College of Health Sciences.
- Unemployment benefit
Government will pay an unemployment benefit to Emiratis who lose their jobs in the private sector because of circumstances beyond their control. The benefit is for a six-month period.
- A subsidised career break
From 2022, a subsidised career break of 6 to 12 months will be available to Emiratis in Federal Government positions to start their own business. During the break, employees will receive 50 per cent of their salary.
- The Early Retirement Scheme
It is an opportunity for Emiratis in Federal Government positions to take early retirement to explore business opportunities and start business in the private sector. These employees can retain their entitlement to a full end of service benefits or they can choose to receive five years' salary payments or a lump sum golden handshake payment.
- A Graduate Fund