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Flexible work permits to be launched in the UAE by third quarter of 2023

20 March 2023

The UAE is all set to introduce flexible work permit that will allow people of all skills to accept freelance jobs within the country.

The new permit will be introduced by third quarter of 2023 and will help freelancers to work within the UAE or from any part of the world.

The Minister of Human Resources and Emiratisation, Abdulrahman Al Awar, said this permit, which is likely to be rolled out by the third quarter of 2023, will help freelancers to work within the country, or from any part of the world.

Speaking on the sidelines of the ‘Remote’ forum, Al Awar said “We are going to introduce something new which is the freelancing work permit for all skill levels. Besides high-skilled people, low-skilled people will have flexible work permits that allow them to work for themselves and work with others – as long as they are within the umbrella of the law and have done the proper registration with the ministry.”

The minister also emphasized that new policies are being developed to support all kinds of flexible and remote work.

In April 2022, the UAE announced a series of fresh visas and Residency Permits which will benefit the country’s economy, while also attracting and retaining fresh talent and skilled workers from across the world.

The Minister explained “with such flexible work permits, skilled employees will not be tied to employers. Here, you work for yourself. It is an adhoc job where you decide the kind of work you wish to take up.”

He pointed out that such a setup comes with few advantages to companies too, as some employers feel that they do not have to take up risks and decide if they wish to continue with an employee or not. Meanwhile, the employee is not tied to one type of organisation, and this will improve productivity in the labour market, increasing people’s value in the workforce.

With such flexible work opportunities, about 24,000 jobs can be created by 2024, and this will draw different people with varied assets as businesses attract and retain a more diversified workforce, Al Awar pointed out.

Robin Vinod

Writer/blogger who writes on topics such as travel, real estate, employment and everyday life on GCC countries.

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