Type of Work Patterns in UAE

The new labour law in the United Arab Emirates seeks to build a sustainable future for the nation by adapting to the challenges and demands of the constantly expanding labour market. The UAE wants modernised labour laws that take individual work and possibilities into account. This ambition is reflected in the below-mentioned type of work models. It offers greater flexibility and opportunity for job seekers who desire the freedom to decide on their working conditions while clarifying employers’ duties, allowing them to recruit and retain happier and more productive employees.

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    Types of Work patterns under UAE Labor Law i.e. Federal Decree-Law No. 33 of 2021

    Article  (7) of the Labour Law defines the structure of employment and work patterns. Most significantly, the new Legislation has given alternatives for business to meet their recruitment demands other than full time employment. It will also provide flexibility for those who want to work in unconventional ways.

    Please see the following Working Patterns available in UAE.

    • Full-time employment
    • Part-time  employment
    • Temporary  work
    • Flexible  work
    • Remote Work
    • Job sharing

    Type of  Work  Models


    I. Full-time employment

    Full-time employment entails working for a single employer for the whole working day.

    • In the UAE, a full-time labor contract is an agreement between an employer and an employee for a long-term and continuous employment relationship.
    • It specifies the terms and circumstances of employment, such as job duties, working hours, compensation, benefits, and termination procedures.

    It is for employees who are expected to work a certain amount of hours per week or month and are eligible for regular pay, bonuses, and other perks. Upon signing, the contract becomes legally binding under UAE labor laws.


    II. Part-time employment

    Part-time employment entails working for one or more employers for a certain number of working hours or days each week.

    Businesses in the UAE can recruit employees who work less than a regular full-time work week using a part-time contract structure. Any UAE national or expatriate within the UAE who holds a valid visa and is above the age of 18 years can apply for a part-time job permit from the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation.

    The primary employer is the first employer of an employee who holds the significant role of a sponsor of the worker. Secondary employer is the employer where an employee works part-time.

    • It enables companies to hire competent individuals without issuing a full time employment visa.
    • Part-time contract employees can take multiple part-time jobs under this current scheme.

    Employers are responsible for ensuring that part-time employees get proper compensation, and they must offer a contract that clearly defines the terms and requirements of employment.


    III. Temporary work

    Temporary work is defined as work that is completed within a certain time frame or is focused on a specific job and ends with its completion.

    • It is a service by MOHRE to recruit a national or expatriate worker resident in the UAE to do specific tasks.


    IV. Flexible work

    Flexible work contracts in the UAE refer to employment contracts that provide employees with some flexibility, such as working hours depend on the volume of work and the economic and operational variables.

    • Flexible work is work hours or working days that vary depending on the workload and the employer’s economic and operational factors.
    • The employee may work for the company at varying hours depending on the job conditions and requirements.
    • Employees may combine more than one work model as long as they do not exceed the maximum number of work hours permitted by UAE law (48 hours a week).


    V. Remote Work

    Remote work is the practice of employees doing their jobs from a location other than a central office operated by the employer.

    Such locations could include an employee’s home, a co-working or other shared space, a private office, or any other place outside of the traditional office building or campus. New UAE labor law provide option to companies for selecting the work pattern as Remote work and all or part of the work is performed remotely.


    VI. Job Sharing

    Job sharing arrangement is a job split between two or more individuals, each with responsibility for the success of the total job.

    Job sharing allows two or more staff members to share the responsibilities of one full-time position, typically with prorated salary and paid time off. UAE labor law allows companies to opt the job sharing work pattern to complete their job, task or project.

    Payroll Process in UAE

    The process of payroll is little complicated and time-consuming; hence it is always recommended to outsource your company’s payroll function. Outsourcing payroll will ensure the assistance of a team of trained payroll professionals and it frees up the time of the organization, helping them focus on other projects that add value to their business.

    One should be extra vigilant while selecting their payroll provider, as payroll data is highly sensitive, and one should opt for a provider that can ensure high levels of data security.

    As a leading payroll outsourcing company, HLB HAMT can help solve your payroll complexities through customized strategies. We take care of our clients’ entire payroll cycle that includes preparation of payroll reports, processing salary payment with WPS compliance, accrual management including Gratuity, pension funds, an online portal for accessing payslips, and many more. Our leadership team spends the necessary hours in every project, ensuring our clients get refined consulting services to take your business forward.

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