United Arab Emirates – 2017 Total Workforce Index™ Country Profile Article


The United Arab Emirates is heavily reliant on a migrant workforce of an estimated eight million workers, or roughly 80% of the nation’s population. After recognizing this dependence on migrant workers, the market is actively working to improve conditions for national labor. A proposed new law will give national workers 30 days of paid vacation a year, one day off a week, medical insurance, and the requirement of a contract before starting work.

The proportion of women graduating in STEM subjects is much higher in the UAE than in the Western world, a fact that makes the UAE unique to both the region and the world. As a result, the UAE has become a regional hub ripe with opportunity where many women come to start and advance their careers. Additionally, the 28% of women who make up the UAE cabinet all play key roles in supporting technology and innovation in the market.

The UAE is more heavily invested in the development of its emerging workforce than most Middle Eastern markets with recently launched programs designed to empower and train young nationals in leadership across many strategic sectors. In addition, the market is more stable financially, politically and economically than many surrounding markets and is often used as a hub for regional workforce programs.

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