According to the new law, employees in the private sector can have part-time, temporary and flexible employment contracts
Part-time jobs have been a boon for young mothers and retiring executives, recruitment consultants have said.
Anjali Samuel, Managing Partner, Mindfield Resources Consultancy, said most part-time jobs are available in web design, writing and accounting.
As of February 2, 2022, the new UAE Labor Law allows residents to take part-time work in addition to their main job. They can take a second job without the approval of the main employer. All they need is a temporary work permit from the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation.
Deepa Sud, CEO of Plum Jobs, a Dubai-based HR consultancy, executive search and business transformation firm, said part-time work tends to be seasonal roles such as hospitality , merchandisers, mystery shoppers or retail. They tend to attract students or people with family sponsorship.
However, according to the expert, these jobs have not gained much popularity, mainly because locals are not used to the model.
“The UAE government has made part-time visas available, but many businesses do not find this the most cost-effective option as most businesses require full-time employees. Likewise, most expats are looking for full-time positions,” said Deepa Sud.
She said most companies hire for full-time positions or internship opportunities, with the latter being a cheaper option than hiring someone with experience.
“The part-time employment segment is neither growing nor shrinking. It just didn’t gain much traction. Most expatriate workers are looking for full time jobs and for many the only way to have a quality of life here is to earn enough to live here and send money home to their families. With the rising cost of living, this is becoming more and more of a challenge for most people,” said the chief executive of Plum Jobs.
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According to the new law, employees in the private sector can have part-time, temporary and flexible work contracts. In order to avoid employee burnout or misuse of human resources by employers, UAE law has set a threshold of 144 hours on average over three weeks.
Under another temporary employment contract, people in the UAE can take up part-time employment for a fixed period or on a project basis that ends when employment ends. In addition, a one-year temporary work permit allows teenagers to obtain part-time employment to develop their skills and prepare for work during their studies. Students between the ages of 15 and 18 are eligible for a work permit.