How to work part-time in the UAE




Now skilled workers can take up part-time jobs in the UAE without the approval of the employer. Though, they need to obtain the approval of the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation.

The new resolution of the Minister of Human Resource and Emiratisation allows companies to recruit skilled workers under part-time contracts. Skilled workers are defined as holder of a university degree or higher and those who completed their diploma in any field. Now, these skilled workers can take up part-time jobs without the approval of their employer.

The advantages of the new part-time system

Employees are usually bound by strict terms and conditions under their employment contracts. They are only allowed to work for their employer. Furthermore, there are severe penalties under the UAE Labor Laws if the employee is found to be working for another employer. However, should the employee wish to engage in any additional work, a Non-Objection Certificate (NOC) from his employer is usually required. The new part-time system will change that. It will allow the skilled worker to undertake part-time work without the approval of his employer.

Being allowed to undertake part-time work, without the approval of the employer, will provide the employee with the opportunity to earn an additional income. The new part-time contract will reduce the operational costs to recruit workers from inside the UAE. Therefore, the part-time system contributes to attract and retain skilled workers in the UAE to enhance the productivity in the country.

The rules for the new part-time contract

Companies can recruit skilled workers — holder of a university degree or higher and those who have completed their diploma in any field —under part-time contracts. The part-time contract is subject to the same rules and penalties applicable to the regular employment contracts, either limited or unlimited.

Under the new system, skilled employees can take up a maximum of two part-time jobs with two employers. The total working hours with the two employers must not exceed 8 hours a day and 48 hours a week. The employee must also enjoy at least one day weekly rest.

The two employers shall bear the employee’s annual leave, the end of service benefits and any other financial obligations. This is in proportion to the number of actual working hours and the amount of the wage paid to the worker.

The employer may not require the worker to work more than the hours agreed upon without the written consent of the worker. The employer may not prevent the worker from working in a similar facility to his company under a non-competition clause or for disclosure of the secrets of the work, unless a court ruling has been issued to this effect.