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Part-time jobs now legal in Dubai’s public sector

Saudi Government pushes for Saudization

A new resolution aims to attract qualified expertise work in government sectors.

August 7, 2013 3:13 by



Dubai Crown Prince and chairman of the Executive Council, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, has issued a resolution legalising part-time jobs in the Government of Dubai.

Effective from the date of issue, the decision is an attempt to allow more flexibility in responding to operational changes, as well as to face the socioeconomic factors that affect the mechanism of attracting, and retaining, talents.

The government also aims to attract qualified expertise to work in the government sectors, as well as find replacement employees to work for fewer hours.

The resolution detailed part-time employees’ working hours, salaries, mechanism to calculate the wages, leave, promotions and rules to transferring a part-time employee to full-time basis.

Loulou Khazen, winner of du’s The Entrepreneur and founder of skills marketplace Nabbesh.com, tells Kippreport that along with this step being meaningful on many fronts, it also recognises the needs of talented people, particularly women and youth, who wish to be included in the workforce but cannot do so on a full-time basis.

“It enables a knowledge economy by encouraging knowledge transfer between full time employees and experts who come in for specific projects,” says Khazen.

“Nabbesh is the catalyst of the “freelance/project-based work” movement in the region, and we are happy to see that reforms are happening in this space. This is one more step towards tackling the unemployment battle.”



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