Dubai gov't introduces part-time work option

Move designed to increase productivity, help employees with work/life balance.
By Andy Sambidge
Sun 11 Jan 2009 06:51 AM

The Dubai Executive Council has approved a part-time work system to be adopted by all departments of the government of Dubai.

Council chiefs say the new system aims to increase productivity and, at the same time, meet the needs of employees who cannot work full hours due to home commitments.

Employees who are willing to become part-timers would receive wages on the hourly basis and continue to receive most of the benefits of their full-time contracts, news agency WAM reported.

However, they would lose out on the annual performance incentive, air tickets, paid leaves such as maternity and paternity leaves, annual leaves, pubic holidays and study leaves.

They would retain health insurance, pension fund benefits and rises and allowances given to UAE nationals as per Article 70 of Dubai Government's human resources law No. 27/2006.

A 20 percent increment on the hourly wages would also be given to part-timers as a compensation for allowances they are not eligible to receive.

Ahmad Bin Bayat, secretary general of the Dubai Executive Council said the system was part of plans by the government of Dubai to develop work systems in line with directives from the emirate's leadership and the Dubai Strategy 2015.

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