Nearly 900 firms fined for breaking Emiratisation rules

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As many as 894 private companies have been caught violating Emiratisation rules since mid-2022.

According to the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MoHRE), a total of 1,267 fake Emiratisation cases were detected during the same period.

Legal measures have been taken against the firms involved, including imposing fines ranging from AED 20,000 to AED 100,000 and referring them to the public prosecution, depending on the severity of the violation.

A total of 113 private companies were referred to the public prosecution, including 98 firms that appointed citizens in fake Emiratisation posts, and 15 others that were found evading Emiratisation targets.

The violating companies are also downgraded to the lowest category in MoHRE's private sector classification system, while those involved in fake Emiratisation will no longer receive financial benefits under the Nafis programme for hiring UAE citizens.

Emiratisation is considered fake when a UAE national works in a nominal job without real tasks to meet the company’s required Emiratisation targets, and/or when an Emirati is rehired in the same company with the aim of evading targets and reaping the benefits of the Emiratisation policy.

Over 84,000 Emiratis currently work in the private sector with more than 54,000 of them entering the sector in the last two years.

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