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By Law UAE Residents Not Allowed to Take On Second Job

UAE : 08 November 2010

Although obtaining secondary employment may cause difficulties, residents are able to supplement their wages within the law.

Strict limitations within the labour laws discourage residents from obtaining part-time or supplementary work despite the fact that many UAE residents are searching for extra cash to make ends meet in the home.

Experts in legal matters state that it is currently against the law to work in the UAE at a secondary position , although full-time workers do have opportunities to bring in extra money without risking the loss of their employment contract.

Those wanting supplemental income are limited and fearful that their current sponsor or employer will find out they are employed elsewhere.  Financial planner Sandi Saksena noted that certain paths exist that could land residents extra cash without the added danger of these legal limitations.  Saksena is a member in the financial professionals association Million Dollar Round Table.

Senior associate at Clyde & Co, Sara Khoja, stated that a worker can only be employed with the individual or establishment that sponsored him, allowing him to obtain a work permit and resident visa.

Khoja, who is in the department for employment and incentives at Clyde & Co, commented that the employee may find work within another firm or organization that is owned by their sponsor.

According to the law workers should be under a sponsorship, said Khoja, unless they are self-employed and hold a trade license to cover the work they are doing.

Working part-time in a second job requires two things according to a government source at the Labour Ministry.  Obtaining an NOC (no-objection certificate) from the current employer and a letter of approval from the undersecretary at the Labour Ministry will allow a resident to work at a second job.  There is no charge for the Ministry’s letter.

Legal consultant Pierre Mehawej of Kanaan and Azhari stated that any work done outside of the resident’s main employment should take place in a public location or within their home, just to be safely following the laws.

Home-based work and many activities using a computer do not require traveling to an outside office.  Other work done on the side such as music or language lessons and mentoring or watching children are safely within the law, provided they take place beyond the company’s location and happen in the employee’s free time.

It is important to note that if you are caught working at another company’s office, other than your sponsor, that company will be subject to a fine.  And because offices are open to inspection at any time this is a constant risk, according to Mehawej.

He also noted that an NOC provides a level of protection to the worker.  If a situation arises that may be a problem, having the NOC and a record of notifying the Labour Ministry will protect you and the company you are working for.

Mehawej stated that any resident trading goods or services, especially food related, needs to have a government license to do so.

Andrew Reid, Staff Writer, Gulf Jobs Market News
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