Employment in the United
Arab Emirates has differences from employment elsewhere. Firstly
we will discuss salary or money payment. There is no such
thing as minimum wage, and because of this, there are people
working 8 to 12 hours a day for Dhs. 30 (US$ 8), but this
is normally for unskilled labourers. Skilled individuals normally
have fixed timings of work and a fixed salary, which is paid
around the begin of each completed month. A regular individual
will normally make between Dhs. 2,000 (US$ 548) and Dhs. 4,000
(US$ 1,096) per month. You won't find jobs that pay per
hour or companies that will pay wages at the end of each week.
Secondly we will talk about work timings.
For many people, work is life. That this means is that for
many people working from 8am to 1pm and again from 4pm to
8pm, there is not much time to do other things. Many people
driving to work spend 2 to 4 hours in traffic getting to and
from work. And at the end of it all, the whole day is spend
either going to work, at work, or coming from work, which
leaves very little time for anything else but eating, and
sleeping. So if you get a chance to work a straight shift,
that is the best way to go.
Thirdly we will discuss nationality and appearance.
In the UAE, where you come from also affects the salary you
get. For example, there was an American working the exact
same job as an Indian and the American received Dhs. 3,000
(US$ 822) while the Indian received Dhs. 1,500 (US $411).
The nationality and appearance factor will normally start
from your resume, as many companies require you to send a
picture with your resume. After that when you come down for
a interview, many people, though highly qualified, don't get
the job because of their looks. I know this is discrimination,
but it happens in the UAE.
Fourthly we will talk about availability
of jobs for expats. The United Arab Emirates has started implementing
emiratisation, which is pushing to have more graduated UAE
nationals, or Emiratees, working not only in the government
sector, but now also in the private sector. The major categories
of the private sector getting affected by emiratisation are
banks, and educational institutions. And as this continues
more and more expats will be replaced with UAE nationals,
who will most likely receive higher salaries. A recent newspaper
article entitled 'UAE
urged to pressure private firms' was released by Gulf
News, which basically states that the government should take
steps to force firms in the private sector to employ more
UAE nationals in order to reduce Emiratee unemployment. And
though the government wishes to have them work in the public
shun private sector due to poor financial benefits and heavy
workload (Gulf News).
Now we will discuss the issue of immigration to the United Arab Emirates by expats. Foreign workers in the UAE are not immigrants, but are temporary workers who come to the cuontry with the intention of leaving once their contract ends. (Gulf News) As foreign expats can rarely obtain UAE citizenship or passport
Here I would like to give you a few words
of advice to those wishing to come and work in the UAE, if
you don't have a degree, it will be difficult for you to get
a job of even Dhs. 2,000 (US$ 548) a month. If you are a single
person, this will be sufficient, but if you are planning to
bring your family with you, then it will be insufficient as
you wouldn't be able to sponsor your family with residence
Essential UAE Employment Information
Below are important points that you should remember after
getting employed by a company in the United Arab Emirates.
1. After getting
employed, you will need to transfer your visa to the
company you are work for (This rule is not applicable
for women under sponsorship by their husband or father).
If you have a visit visa, you will need to leave the
country and then come back in, in order to transfer
to a work visa (but due to the airplane crash on the
10th of February 2004, new measures are being taken
so the change of visa wouldn't require leaving the country
News]). If you already have a work visa, you can
transfer to a new company within the same emirate if
you get a no-objection letter from your previous company
News). If you wanted to transfer to a company not
in the same emirate they will have to leave the country
with a 6-month ban and return afterwards. The six-month
ban is likely to be removed, according to a source at
the Ministry of Interior.
2. You can't work for more that one
company unless your visa permits it, which is very rear.
If you are caught working for another company, then
a fine of Dhs. 10,000 will be applied to the company
you were caught working at and other penalties may also
3. If your company tells you that they need to keep your
passport, say NO. They don't have the authority
by law to keep possession of your passport, so don't
give it to them (Gulf
News). If they have it, then ask for it back and
if they don't want to give it back, take legal action
4. If your company hasn't paid your
salary for a few months, then you should watch out,
as the number of employee strikes that end up in court
for lack of payment seems to be increasing. So you should
consider taking legal action if you find something fishy
5. In order to get a family sponsorship
visa, you need to make over Dhs. 4,000 and this needs
to be visible on your employment contract. Many companies
place incorrect values on employment contracts, in order
for the employee to get family visa status, thought
it is illegal.
So if you are ready to get employed in Abu
Dhabi, Dubai or Sharjah, then you can ready through our other
jobs in the UAE.