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Can you work for two employers at the same time? All you need to know

A fine of Dh50,000 could be imposed on a company that hires a part-time worker without permission.

When it comes to the best countries to work in, the United Arab Emirates repeatedly tops global rankings. With clean streets, safe neighborhoods, great benefits, and a wide range of permits and visas, more expats flock to the country every year in search of a more fulfilling and comfortable life.

The laws of the country not only allow you to have good jobs, but also to have two jobs at the same time. Employees do not need permission from their main employer to do part-time work.

According to the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratization (MoHRE), The UAE Labor Law allows employers to hire qualified part-time workers. These employees must have university degrees or higher and have completed two or three years of diploma in any technical or scientific field.

Depending on the type of visa they have, employees must meet different requirements to access a second job.

1. Work visa holders

People residing in the UAE on a work visa can take up another job as long as they obtain a part-time work permit from the MoHRE. This permit is valid for one year and allows its holder to work in another company for less than eight hours a day.

This rule applies to Emiratis, GCC nationals and other expatriates.

2. Family visa holders

Family visa holders can also have a second job with a part-time permit from the MoHRE, which can be issued to “men and women between 18 and 65 years of age.” The employee also needs a NOC (no objection certificate) from the sponsor.


The law says companies can hire qualified workers for no more than 48 hours per week or 144 hours per three weeks. The worker must enjoy a weekly rest period of no less than one day.


The total fee to apply for a part-time work permit to MoHRE is Dh600: Dh100 for the application and Dh500 for approval.


Working a second job without a part-time permit can result in a fine of 50,000 dirhams for the hiring company. Additional penalties may apply in case of repeat offenses.

You can read about gratuities and other types of work permits issued by MoHRE here.

News Source: Khaleej Times

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