UAE to align public-private sector pay; does this affect you?

According to a report in, The Emirates is considering changes to the existing Labour Law.

Focusing on its effort to increase the number of local nationals working in the private sector, the UAE is considering changes to the existing Labour Law, which will ensure that those working in private companies will receive salaries equivalent to ones being paid by the government in similar positions.

Many Emiratis prefer to work in the public sector as some private companies have longer working hours, shorter holidays, and lower pay scales, thus increasing the pressure on government jobs.

UAE Labour Minister Saqr Ghobash is likely to present the government with a review of the current labour law shortly, it has been reported in Al Khaleej daily. The review will include proposals to bring private and public sector salaries in line, as well as increasing private sector holidays.


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Kazim Ladimeji is the Director of—a resource for start-ups, small business and job seekers. It includes a blog with career and small business advice articles. Kazim is a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, and has been a practising HR professional for 14 years.

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