New decree allows students to work in UAE private sector

This post was originally published on 13 July 2016.

UAE’s Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation will now allow youths aged between 12 and 18 to apply for temporary work permits, to give them a taste of life beyond school.

According to a new decree announced by the Ministry today, local and expatriate students will be able to obtain work permits for training and work purposes in the private sector.

The new decree allows students aged between 12 and 18 years to obtain a work for training purposes, while 15 to 18-year-old can apply for permits to work in the private sector.

  • All students under the age of 18 require a written consent from a guardian to apply for work permits.
  • Work permits cost AED500.

Work hours

  • Students should not work more than six hours a day and must be given one or more hours for rest breaks to eat or pray. They should also not work four consecutive hours a day.

Students who hold work permits can be hired to work on projects for up to six months. There are also work permits for those who wish to work fewer hours over a year.

Types of work permits

There are three types of permit available for students: a temporary work permit, a part-time work permit and a juvenile work permit.

  • A temporary work permit allows companies to hire national or expatriate students, registered or non-registered in the ministry’s database, to work on projects with completion periods not exceeding six months.
  • A part-time work permit allows companies to hire national or expatriate students to work for fewer hours in a job than their counterparts, for a period not exceeding one year.
  • A juvenile work permit allows companies to employ national or expatriate students between 15 and 18 years for a period not exceeding one year.

How to apply for work permit

Work permit applications can be requested from the ministry’s Tas’heel service centres or through its smartphone applications.
The fee is AED500 for all types of permits.

Benefits and restrictions

The decree will grant all students the same benefits and advantages as those in regular employment in the same position.

It also orders companies to comply with all procedures and qualities of the permitted work during the training periods or jobs.

However, students cannot be employed in 31 registered sectors. The decree also mandates companies to not make the students work for more than six hours a day and to grant them one or more hours of resting breaks to eat or pray.

Companies cannot make the students work for more than four consecutive hours a day.

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