Beginning in January of 2011 labour cards in the UAE will be valid for two years instead of the current three year period, according to recent changes in the Labour Ministry regulations.
This change will also affect residence visas, reducing the validity of those documents to two years as well.
Local media reported that these changes would reduce the amount of time workers within the private industry are required to remain at one employer.
The Ministry of Labour also noted that these regulation changes would create conditions for private industry employees that are similar to domestic workers and drivers who currently receive labour cards lasting only two years.
This decision is expected to have a positive effect on the job market by creating a more flexible relationship between employers and workers and allowing for a shorter contract together, according to the assistant undersecretary of labour affairs at the Labour Ministry Humaid bin Deemas.
UAE Labour Minister Saqr Gobash also laid out new guidelines for Emiratization set to come into play this January.
These changes include a minimum quota for private businesses, requiring that 15 percent of their workforce be UAE nationals.
Failure to follow the new labour policies will result in fines up to AED 20,000 (or $5400).Paul Holdsworth, Staff Writer, Gulf Jobs Market News