“Emiratisation” announces the conditions for moving to a new job within the UAE

According to the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation in the United Arab Emirates, an employee has the right to leave his current employer and start working for a competitor during the trial period, provided that he provides written notice to his current boss within a period of no less than one month from the date on which he leaves work.

The Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation revealed three packages for employing workers, which give companies a range of options according to their resources and employment requirements. Employment agencies, employers, and workers themselves enjoy different benefits and responsibilities and therefore different offers. The Ministry confirmed that these plans come within a larger framework aimed at improving and unifying working conditions in the Emirates. In addition to defining the responsibilities of all parties to the relationship in a way that preserves their rights and obligations in a fair and equitable manner.

Amounts of recruitment and contracting costs:

According to the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation’s clarification, if the worker leaves the current employer during the trial period, the new employer must pay the previous employer the amount agreed upon between the two parties, which may include compensation for recruitment or contracting expenses and recruitment costs.

Duration of probationary work in the UAE:

The Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation in the UAE confirmed that the law allows employers to place new employees on probation for a period of up to six months, and there is a limit to the number of times an employee can be placed on probation by one employer. The time an employee spends on probation should be considered part of the total time of service if the probationary period is completed successfully.

However, during the probation period, the employee must provide written notice to the employer 14 days before the termination date if he wishes to terminate the employment contract in order to leave the UAE.
If the employer wants to dismiss the employee during the probationary period, he must provide written notice to the employee at least 14 days before the date of termination unless the parties agree otherwise. The new employer of the employee will be responsible for compensating the previous employer if he decides to return to the UAE and obtain A new work permit within three months of his leave.

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