Voicing perceptions of local job seekers and employees toward workforce nationalization and employment

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Elsharnouby, T.H., Younis, H., Elbanna, S. and Mauji, N. (2022). Voicing perceptions of local job seekers and employees toward workforce nationalization and employment . Employee Relations. https://doi.org/10.1108/ER-04-2022-0178
AuthorsElsharnouby, T.H., Younis, H., Elbanna, S. and Mauji, N.
Abstract

Purpose – This study explores local Qatari job seekers’ and employees’ perceptions of the workforce nationalization strategy to address an inadequacy in the workforce nationalization literature in Gulf Cooperation Council countries. It also unpacks the factors that attract or discourage local job seekers and employees when considering a new job.
Design/methodology/approach – Data were collected through in-depth interviews with 28 local job seekers who were either currently unemployed or employed and seeking another job at the time of the interviews.
Findings – The data revealed that nationals perceive Qatarization as a means to replace expatriate employees with nationals, particularly in the public sector and leadership positions. This misinterpretation of the strategy leads to complications, such as the waithood phenomenon and a sense of entitlement for guaranteed employment. The findings also provide insights into nationals’ attitudes toward employment, including job attraction and discouraging factors.
Research limitations/implications – The results provide policymakers with insights into the misinterpretation surrounding nationals’ perceptions of workforce nationalization and remedies for better implementation of the strategy.
Originality/value – The study addresses two clear gaps in the workforce nationalization literature: (1) examining how nationals perceive the workforce nationalization strategy and (2) unpacking the factors that make employment attractive or unfavorable for nationals.
Keywords: Workforce nationalization; Qatarization; Attitude toward employment; GCC countries; Qatar

KeywordsWorkforce nationalization; Qatarization; Attitude toward employment; GCC countries; Qatar
Year2022
JournalEmployee Relations
PublisherEmerald
ISSN0142-5455
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1108/ER-04-2022-0178
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Print27 Dec 2022
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Deposited04 Jan 2023
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