ABU DHABI: December 31 is the deadline for private companies to indigenize at 2%. The Ministry of Manpower Indigenization reminded firms not following the law or providing false information that they will face a fine of between Dhs 20,000 and Dhs 15,000 (Rs 44.2 lakh)
20,000 fine for refusal
A fine of 20,000 dirhams (Rs 4.42 million) will be imposed by the ministry and the Emirati Competency Council (Nafis). This applies to any native worker who refuses to enter the job, even after having been issued a work permit. The company will also be responsible for the cost of training if it refuses to employ a special-trained worker.
2% repatriation annum
An annual rule states that 2 % of skilled positions in private companies employing 50 or more people should be filled annually. Indigenization will increase to 10% by 2026. This means that 12,000 natives will be able to find employment in one year. This is an attempt to solve the problem of native unemployment.
AED 6000 per person
Establishments that don’t comply with the Swadeshi Act will face a fine of 6,000 dirhams each person starting January 1, 2023. This amount will be paid to the Swadeshis.
Based on the number of employees in each company, it is recommended that natives be retained at 2%
A huge benefit for companies
Companies that employ more people than the limit will also receive a huge benefit. Companies implementing triple indigenization have had their work permits reduced to 250 dirhams, instead of 3750 dirhams. Double repatriation companies will need to pay only 1200 dirhams for their workers’ work permits. Employing indigenous or GCC nationals is not a requirement for companies that have met the 2% indigenization requirements.
Nafis, a government program that trains young women and youth to work in the private industry, is called a government scheme. Nafis was launched in September 2021 and manages pensions, unemployment benefits, and child allowance.