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Commission Schemes in the UAE

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Judith Mariya

Published on July 24, 2023, 10:24:02


Commission schemes widely used United Arab Emirates UAE

Commission schemes are widely used in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to boost sales teams and drive business growth. These are payments or fees given to individuals or entities in exchange for their services, specifically related to sales, business transactions, or brokerage activities. They act as incentives or rewards for facilitating specific deals or transactions.

The UAE Labour Law regulates employment relationships and ensures employers' and employees' rights and protections. The law does not explicitly address commission payments. It does establish provisions concerning remuneration. The UAE Civil Transactions Law established a comprehensive legal structure for dealing with different aspects of contracts, encompassing their creation, enforceability, understanding, execution, and termination within the UAE.

To ensure compliance with the UAE Labour Law, employers and employees negotiate commission structures and terms as part of employment contracts or through internal policies. The specific details of commission arrangements, such as calculation methods, payment frequency, and eligibility criteria, can vary depending on the industry, job roles, and individual employment agreements.

It is crucial for both employers and employees to clearly outline commission terms and conditions in their employment contracts to avoid misunderstandings or disputes. By explicitly stating commission details in the contract, both parties can establish a mutual understanding of the calculation method, payment schedule, and other relevant terms related to commissions. This clarity reduces the potential for future conflicts.

Including commission details in a contract also safeguards the interests of all parties involved. It ensures transparency and fairness in the commission structure, providing a legal framework for resolving any disputes related to commission payments. Additionally, it acts as a reference point to protect the rights and obligations of the parties in case of breaches or non-compliance with the agreed terms.

Designing effective commission structures can help both parties. It involves several key steps.

  1. Objectives - It is crucial to establish clear objectives for the commission structure. It entails defining the specific targets that the business aims to achieve, such as increasing sales, acquiring new customers, or boosting revenue from existing customers. By aligning the commission structure with the overall business strategy, it becomes easier to determine the appropriate incentives and metrics for performance evaluation.
  1. Criteria for Calculation - Transparency in the calculation is an important factor. The commission structure should have an easily understandable method for calculating commissions. This involves defining the key performance indicators (KPIs) or metrics that will be used to measure employee performance and determine commission payouts. Giving employees a clear idea of how their efforts will be evaluated and commissions computed fosters a sense of fairness and clarity.
  2. Fairness and Equity - Fairness and equity should also be prioritized in commission allocation across the sales team. Establishing objective and measurable factors, such as sales revenue, profit margins, or customer satisfaction. It is important as the basis for commission criteria. This helps avoid creating a structure that disproportionately favours certain individuals or causes conflicts within the team. Consistency and transparency in criteria and processes contribute to a positive work environment and maintain high employee morale.
  1. Payment Schedule - Timely commission payments play a significant role in motivating employees and building trust. It is essential to specify a regular payment schedule and adhere to it consistently. By communicating, when commissions will be paid and ensuring timely and accurate payments through WPS, the value of the reward system is reinforced. A trusting relationship between the company and its sales team is maintained.
  1. Performance Tracking - Implementing systems for performance tracking and reporting from day one is crucial. This can involve using sales tracking software, customer relationship management (CRM) systems, or other tools to provide accurate and real-time data on sales performance. Regularly sharing performance reports with employees enables them to monitor their progress and understand how their efforts contribute to their commissions. Employers can also use this data to assess overall performance and make informed decisions regarding the commission structure.
  1. Periodical Review - Commission structures should be periodically reviewed. As market conditions, business goals, and individual performance can change over time, ensuring that the commission structure remains effective and aligned with the organization's objectives is essential. Regular evaluation allows for necessary adaptations and improvements to be made to optimize the commission structure's impact. Further, the change in commission structure must be communicated in writing.

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Incorporating the above-mentioned steps into your commission contract will help to reduce commission conflicts and safeguard the interests of both employers and employees.