Can you share a job with another employee while working in the UAE?

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Published on July 14, 2023, 17:41:00

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Can you share a job with another employee while working in the UAE?

UAE introduced the new labour law for private sector employees all over the country, which came into force earlier this 2022, various changes have been instituted to bring more flexibility to the workforce and considerable rights for employees and employers. The crucial change was the introduction of new work models, including one that lets for job-sharing.
The job-sharing model was introduced in Article 5 (1) (b) of ‘Cabinet Resolution No. 1 of 2022 Concerning the Executive Regulations of Federal Decree-Law No. (33) of 2021 on the Regulation of Labour Relations, in February 2022.
Article 7 of the new Labour Law – Federal Decree-Law No. 33 of 2021 on the regulation of labour relations – provides details of several models of work that a worker can contract, including part-time, full-time and temporary work. The article also gave space for more models of work that may be introduced as per subsequent executive regulations.
According to the Article, a job-sharing model is one wherein the tasks and duties are divided among more than one worker, as agreed upon priorly, and this is reflected in the wages due to each of them. The workers are dealt with according to the rules of part-time work. The job model allows two employees to divide the job and pay, based on an agreement with the employer.
This area of law is not well explored yet, and there is not much information on the same. The job-sharing model will permit more than one person to work for the same job and could generate more employment opportunities for people.
However, this is based on mutual agreement between the employee and employer. Similarly, if an employer wants to introduce a job-sharing model, it would mean having the employees buy in for the model. This model serves best for those who wish to have a more contractor-type of role and work with two or more employers.

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