Migrant work is vital to the economy of the United Arab Emirates. Nearly 89% of the workforce in The Emirates is made up of foreigners. This means there are eight million employees in the UAE who are guests in the country.
What’s the Solution?
Our ethical recruitment platform enables migrant workers in the UAE, including the 2.2 million blue-collar foreign workers, to be positioned directly with an employer and work in safe environments. This is where Joblio comes in. Joblio erases the need for country source agents, making the job search process easier and safer for everyone involved. We believe that finding a job in a foreign country should be as simple as finding one at home. With Joblio, migrant workers and businesses are protected from the terrible abuse of illegal agents and loan sharks.
The government of the UAE has recognized the need for ethical recruitment as well. In a cabinet meeting held on Monday, December 14, 2020, Vice President and Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who is also the ruler of Dubai, approved the formation of the National Human Rights Authority. The meeting, which took place in Abu Dhabi’s Qasr Al Watan, involved the adoption of ministerial resolutions and new structures for federal institutions and government councils.
As part of the new independent human rights authority, the UAE seeks to develop networks with individuals and institutions around the world to achieve goals in empowering vulnerable segments of society. The authority will be granted financial and administrative independence to carry out its tasks.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum said, “Women, children, laborers, the elderly, people of determination, and the vulnerable have rights that must be safeguarded. The authority will advance our country’s efforts in protecting human rights.”
What Fields Are Affected?
The creation of the National Human Rights Authority will benefit all parts of the UAE’s economy. In particular, the private sector will see results, as it is made up of 99.5% migrant workers. With basically all jobs in this area held by foreigners, more ethical recruitment can only benefit the growth of the country’s economy as a whole.
Construction is one of the fastest growing industries in this rapidly-changing country. Current construction projects in the UAE total nearly $150 billion U.S. dollars. Of all the migrant workers in the UAE, 20% are construction workers. Most of these people are men from South Asian countries like India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka. Since much of the construction workforce is made up of people who are impoverished and cannot read, new laws to protect their rights are vital in the UAE’s journey to ethical recruitment.
Joblio in the UAE
On June 1st and 2nd, Jon Purizhansky, the CEO and founder of Joblio and David Arkless, the Chairman, will be speaking at the third Construction Technology Festival in Dubai. Mr.Arkless is a regular advisor to governments of the United States, various European countries, and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. He is the founder of the Future Work Consortium, former president of the board of End Human Trafficking Now, co-chairman of the Business Coalition Against Trafficking, board member of Education for Employment, and initiator of the UK Modern Day Slavery Act.
Gulf region based enterprises are cordially invited to visit our stand at the third Construction Technology Festival, which will take place in Hotel Dubai Marina, Dubai, June 1-2, 2021.