Qatarisation: what it should be about.
www.qatarization.com.qa states that “Qatarization is the identification and development of quality, competent Qatari males and females to assume permanent positions in our industry. Our objective is Quality Qatarization.
The preparation of quality Qataris is based on performance, and competence rather than time, and should be balanced with operational requirements to ensure a smooth operation.
Qatarization requires the support and commitment of experienced Qatari and expatriate staff, at all levels, to develop and train inexperienced Qataris and help them gain valuable on-the-job experience.”
Qatarisation should be done the right way, it’s a system that was put in place in order to provide Qataris with the opportunity to occupy various roles in order to be functioning members of society.
The fear is that there are so many expats in the country that Qataris aren’t running their own country to an extent.
Many believe that Qatarisation is there to help them ‘find’ jobs and secure them into a permanent position. The truth is, Qatarisation is all about educating Qataris and supporting ‘future leaders’.
There are three fundamental rules to Qatarisation in my opinion:
1) Every Qatari deserves the opportunity to be trained and educated in order to be able to fulfil his duties in a particular role
2) No Qatari has the right to keep a job based on nationality. A Qatari can be given an opportunity, but they should earn that role.
3) Qataris should be hired based on their skills to fill suitable rolls.
At the moment, The official Qatarization plan includes only government jobs and the energy and industry sectors, but there are other laws that give Qataris preferential treatment in other sectors. Qatarization also applies to companies that have investment from the government.
What would I personally like to achieve through Qatarisation? To give forward thinking, hard-working, and passionate Qataris a chance; and if you can’t find that Qatari, then try to spark interest and change the mentalities of those that exist in order to create a new ethos.
On the other side, I feel that Qatarisation needs to be done the correct way as well. You can’t force expats out of jobs. These are people who have chosen to come to my country for a living and now we’re taking everything away from them.
Keep Qatarization in mind for new positions, and for current positions, why not have a Qatari train during the time that an expat is there (an average expat’s contract is for 2-4 years and most know that they don’t plan on staying in Qatar forever)?
Why do I say this? Because I want the Qatari people to be selected due to their intellect, to be valued for their hard-work, and if we just create a system with no purpose except for filling a few seats, then we’re not thinking about the true future of this country.
So common Qataris! Let’s work hard!