Monday, November 26, 2012

Changing Job in UAE

Ban can be avoided by paying Dh3,000

Nasser Ahmed Al Osaiba (Compiled by Ahmed Shaaban) / 6 August 2012

I am working in a company here. When joining the company, they did not ask for my qualification. As I want to quit, will I escape the labour ban if I get my degree attested?
According to Article 1 of the cabinet decision No. 18 for the year 2005, the condition of the time that is required for changing the sponsor can be exempted against paying Dh3,000. Hence, you have to apply to the Ministry of Labour to exempt you from the ban against paying Dh3,000 no matter what was your degree.
PG degree-holder can shift job after one year
An expatriate husband with an MBA degree is sponsored by his expatriate wife. He has been working with a Dubai-based company for the last two months under a work permit and now wants to change the job. Will he be liable to labour ban?
According to Article 1 point 3A of the cabinet decision No. 18 for the year 2005, the holder of a postgraduate degree can request for a transfer of his sponsorship after one year of his work. Additionally, according to the same article, the time condition can be exempted by paying Dh3,000. Hence, he has to apply to the Ministry of Labour to exempt him from the ban.
Degree-holder can shift to new job after two years
Is it possible to move to another company after my two years’ stay in my present job as a beautician in a salon? I discussed the issue with my boss but he said I should finish three years before quitting. I am holding an unlimited contract. My visa will expire in July 2013. Will I be liable to a ban? The salary I get is less than Dh5,000. I am holding a college certificate. Please advise.
According to Article 1 point 3B of the cabinet decision No. 18 for the year 2005, the holder of a bachelor degree or an equivalent degree can request for a transfer of his sponsorship after two years of his work.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Construction Sector is Promising

Hiring in UAE: New jobs to open up in construction sector

One of the worst hit sectors during the recession phase may now offer many new jobs as construction activity picks up in the country.
According to a survey by, more than half of the recruiters (58 per cent) in the GCC predict new jobs in the coming quarter.
These recruiters are optimistic about the overall recruitment scenario. Most of these opportunities will be for the 8-15 years' experience levels.
Experts agree that this is one sector which looks very promising in the coming year. Trefor Murphy, Managing Director at Morgan McKinley believes this sector will show marked improvement in 2013. Agrees Toby Simpson, Managing Director at The Gulf Recruitment Group. According to him, "construction and engineering consultancy have shown growth, although largely due to projects outside the UAE."
Despite the optimism about the sector, a minority of the recruiters believe that we may see more layoffs in the coming quarter. The survey reveals that 19 per cent of the respondents forecast layoffs in the said period, whereas 13 per cent predicted no hiring.
"This clearly suggests that the global financial crisis has impacted hiring decisions of some companies who prefer to adopt a wait and watch mode," said the findings.
The widening gap between demand and supply for talented workers has become a major issue across the sector and those who predict new jobs said a talent crunch while hiring their employees is a problem they have to deal with. The findings suggest it is most difficult to hire talent at the 4-8 years' experience level.
"We are happy to see return of positive sentiments in the construction industry. We expect to witness things turning even better in the mid-term. Most of the GCC governments have large development projects in the pipeline and this should help provide the required boost to the construction industry," said Tarun Aggarwal, Business Head,
As new jobs open up in the sector, employees can also expect increments. Even in 2012 many employees got pay hikes. Majority (54 per cent) of the recruiters surveyed said that the range of increments were within the range of 5 per cent and 10 per cent. About 18 per cent recruiters said that they got less than 5 per cent increments.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Mobile Phone Bills can Land you in Jail

Unpaid UAE mobile-phone bills can result in travel ban or arrest: TRA official
My Number My Identity' campaign aimed at stopping misuse of mobile phones
Many problems are caused by the misuse of mobile phones especially by people who are not the real owners of the numbers, said Majid Sultan Al Mesmar, Deputy Director-General of the Telecom Regulatory Authority (TRA).
Al Mesmar said mobile phone users are sometimes forced to pay tens of thousands of dirhams as phone tariffs incurred by others. Many cases relating to misuse of mobile phones are in the courts, he added.
Al Mesmar said Etisalat and du are obliged to cut service if an owner of a number does not settle his bill.
Both the service providers are entitled to issue notices to owners of the mobile phones numbers who have accumulated large amounts on their bills
Such notices could expose them to travel bans or arrest upon arrival in any UAE port.
It is for these reasons that the TRA obliged etisalat and du to launch the 'My Number My identity' campaign aimed at controlling the misuse of phone numbers.
The real owner of a number can also face charges of defamation and libel if the person who has borrowed his SIM card misuses it. Those who do not register their numbers could face disconnection of the service which will be restored only after they register.
The user will be given a deadline of six months if he wants to cancel a number. After this deadline, the service provider can disconnect service.
To register his number, the owner has to be personally present in the office of the service provider since his signature is required on the form, he added.