It is a known fact that Qatar is the biggest employer of citizens of GCC countries at its different facilities and institutions.
Employees of Gulf countries are given priority in job opportunities and granted 90pc of the privileges enjoyed by Qatari employees.
According to sources, officials responsible for recruitment always conduct surveys to find out job vacancies before announcing them and grant the position to GCC citizens. Therefore, job opportunities in Qatar are vast, easy to pursue and full of privileges.
I am fully convinced that GCC citizens do not cause overcrowding in the job market or compete with Qatari citizens when they enter Qatar’s labour market.
The size of the Qatari labour market is adequate to accommodate numerous Gulf employees and accord them priority over foreign workers if they are efficient enough and qualified for the required positions.
We have various examples of GCC employees working in Qatar in different sectors and yet the Qatari labour market is still promising, and offering vast opportunities for both Qatari nationals and citizens of other GCC countries.
Moreover, the private sector plays an important role in the development of the country and this sector has given an opportunity to Qatari and other professionals from GCC countries to get respectable posts and high salaries.
What made me raise this issue is a recent study presented to the Labour Ministers of GCC countries. The study aims to help Gulf citizens to work in GCC, and allow expatriate workers to work and live in any of the GCC countries. This suggestion made many organisations dealing with nationalisation of workforce sceptical and they expressed their concern calling for furthers studies and regulations.
Labour ministers are still studying the proposals and the result will be disclosed in November. Proposals in this regard have been submitted by some member countries.
Some Gulf officials fear that freedom of movement and work for GCC citizens and expatriates in member countries may have a negative effect on the nationalisation programmes and increase competition in the job market, noting that labour market experts are convinced with the programme and they believe that it has raised the income of the citizens in each country, as around 4,000 to 5,000 expats are being replaced with citizens every year.
About a month ago, labour ministries of GCC countries discussed plans to create job opportunities in the private sector. Besides discussion of the above initiatives of freedom of employees to work and live, as well as to find ways to facilitate equity among citizens of GCC countries.
Belief in nationalisation of jobs in the GCC states is based on solid and firm foundations. So, there is no fear of conflict of interests between Gulf employees and Qatari employees.