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UAE residents can earn nearly Dh.10000 as second salary through part-time jobs

29 June 2023

Employees in the UAE can now earn up to Dh.10,000 a month by working as part-timers to supplement their income.

According to employment agencies, lot of part-time jobs in the UAE offer competitive wages on hourly basis, but the income depends on the skills of the employees, the industry, or based on the need of the employer to recruit the candidate.

Further, the part-time roles help employers in easily managing short-term projects and seasonal demands, with temporary and flexible workforce.

As per the UAE Law, employees are allowed to work for more than one employer upon obtaining a permit from the Ministry of Human Resource and Emiratisation.

The Founder and Managing Director on Point Portal, Diamond Fares, said the earning potential for part-time jobs in the UAE may vary based on factors such as industry, job responsibilities, experience and duration of the job. 

Rates per hour can range from an average of Dh.75 to Dh.150, depending on their duration, job role, experience etc, Fares said.

On Point Portal has more than 9000 users, and has published 1400 part-time jobs that includes waiters, models, event staff, brand ambassadors to any job in the hospitality and entertainment field.

According to Mayank Patel, VP and Country Head at Adecco, a global HR Solutions firm, the income earned through part-time job or apprenticeship may vary depending on the qualification skills of the candidate, based on industry, or the urgency of an employer to complete a project, or an immediate requirement to cater to seasonal customer demands. The income from such a part-time job could be in the range Dh.4000 to Dh.10,000, depending on the role and complexity of the job.

As for work hours, Diamond Fares said that part-time job hours can vary depending on individual preferences and job requirements in the hospitality and entertainment sector.

“On average, individuals work a few hours, ranging from 4 to 7 hours a day, during part-time jobs, allowing flexibility and work-life balance. Earnings can vary based on factors such as hourly rates, job responsibilities and number of hours worked.,” Fares said.

The law in UAE does not mention the minimum time duration of work for part time employees. However, Patel says that an ideal part-time job can be anywhere between six to twenty hours a week.

Patel further explained that there are various part-time jobs in the UAE, based on individual candidate’s skills, interests and experience.

“We can view roles such as retail sales associate, customer service representative, content creator, food delivery driver, social media manager, digital marketing specialist, event coordinator, brand ambassador or promoter, administrative assistant, web developer, graphic designer, IT consultant, network administrator, sales associate – these are just some of the options available. However, there could be more roles depending on the industry and skills required in the region,” added Patel.

Diamond Fares mentioned that prior to Covid-19, part-time jobs were limited to specific sectors, but post-pandemic, there is considerable change in the hospitality sector, with several businesses opting for part-timers. This change has also been noticed in the Food & Beverage sector in the UAE, wherein businesses collaborate with professionals during peak seasons to increase staff numbers. Moreover, over the past two years, a similar trend has been noticed in retail sector, particularly during sales and other occasions.

Robin Vinod

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

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