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New part-time work rules for Emiratis, UAE expats

UAE ministry implements new system that will allow part-time staff to work for more than one employer

New part-time work rules for Emiratis, UAE expats

The UAE's Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation has begun implementing a new system that will allow companies to hire employees - both Emiratis and expats - on part-time contracts.

The system will allow employees to work in first and second level skilled jobs for more than one employer, after acquiring permission from the ministry and without having to obtain an approval from their original employer or another employer, state news agency WAM reported on Monday.

Nasser bin Thani Al Hamli, Minister of Human Resources and Emiratisation, said that the new system will promote flexibility in the labour market and reduce dependence on foreign workers.

Part-time contract workers must now work less than eight hours per day and should get a minimum of one day per week off, he added.

The resolution stipulates that a part-time contract cannot be changed into a full-time contract unless it is terminated.