Journal of Legal, Ethical and Regulatory Issues (Print ISSN: 1544-0036; Online ISSN: 1544-0044)


Improving the Collection and Use of Labor Force Data in the UAE Based on India and Korea's Best Practices

Author(s): Louise Patterson, Bharti Pandya, BooYun Cho

In the United Arab Emirates (UAE), policymakers and other stakeholder groups need access to robust data to comprehend how changes in the labor force participation rates can affect the workforce dynamics, evaluate the effectiveness of labor force policies, and to develop an adequate supply of local workers. The current concern in the United Arab Emirates (hereby referred to as the UAE) as to the collection and use of labor force data needs to be improved especially as the government having implemented its 2020 Emiratization Policy whereby 40% of the labor force must be composed of Emiratis (UAE Nationals). The purpose of this paper is, through an analysis of the labor force data collection by India and the Republic of Korea, to provide recommendations for the UAE government as to the collection of robust labor force data to develop labor market policies and programs.