How to hire remote employees in

United Arab Emirates (UAE)

Thinking about making a remote hire in United Arab Emirates? You’re in the right place. On this page, we’ll teach you how to hire in United Arab Emirates—without spending thousands of dollars on EOR fees and legal red tape:

Country snapshot

CURRENCY
UAE Dirham (AED)
EMPLOYER TAXES
12.50%
PAYROLL FREQUENCY
Monthly
OFFICIAL LANGUAGE
Arabic

What to know before you hire in 

United Arab Emirates (UAE)

Laws about hiring are complicated, and the same is true in United Arab Emirates. But there are ways to sidestep the headaches—if your company hasn’t already established a physical presence in United Arab Emirates, you have two real options when it comes to hiring. We’ll detail both below.

If you want to successfully hire in 

United Arab Emirates (UAE)

, you have two options:

Hire talent as contractors

Laws about hiring contractors are significantly more simple in 

United Arab Emirates (UAE)

. Onboarding talent takes days, not weeks or months. Both you, the company, and your talent have more flexibility. And in many cases, since you’re remote, the talent you’re hiring is better classified as a contractor, anyway. Of course, it’s not possible in every case, but it’s what we built Panther for.

Hire talent as employees

This is the long route. You can either establish a physical presence with an entity and register as an employer, or you can use an Employer-of-Record (EOR) solution. Odds are, you’ll find using an EOR to be the easier route. Still, using an EOR in 

United Arab Emirates (UAE)

 is expensive—it can often be $500 per month per employee—and sometimes prone to lengthy onboarding times.

Why hire independent contractors in 

United Arab Emirates (UAE)

Hiring contractors is normally the easier, faster, more flexible choice—but don’t just take it from us. Below are the specific benefits and drawbacks to hiring contractors in 

United Arab Emirates (UAE)

.

It’s the fastest way to hire globally

Hiring employees takes months, at the minimum. When you hire with Panther’s locally-generated contracts, it’s a matter of days or weeks. This means you can hire the best talent, fast, without losing them to a hellish procession of paperwork.

It’s a lot cheaper

It costs just $0 to sign up for Panther, then $49 per month to hire your contractors with Panther. If you hired employees manually (or did contracting on your own), you’d likely be on the hook for thousands of dollars each month. Setting up an entity alone can cost tens of thousands of dollars.

It’s more flexible for you & your team

Hiring contractors in 

United Arab Emirates (UAE)

 means you’re generally not on the hook for things like health insurance and paid time off. This makes hiring flexible for you, and it gives your talent more options.

It’s less risky than hiring employees

Hiring employees is a bigger commitment, and generally puts you at a bigger risk for legal fees. When you hire contractors overseas, your biggest risk is misclassification—but even then, misclassification penalties are often minimal and just require you to pay off any compensation that the person would have been owed as an employee.

Some people want to be employees

The contractor life isn’t for everyone—some people want the security that being an employee often appears to provide. Though it’s rare, this does happen, and it’s one disadvantage of manage an all-contractor team.

You might not have as much control over your talent

Most countries’ contractor-employer relationship laws stipulate that the employer can’t set fixed working hours, among other things. These laws give contractors more freedom over how and when they do their work than an employee would have. In reality, however, most contractors are willing & able to work on the company’s schedule—it’s a matter of setting expectations beforehand.

How can I pay people in 

United Arab Emirates (UAE)

?

If you’re hiring contractors in 

United Arab Emirates (UAE)

, you can pay them with Panther in a single click. You won’t need to worry about complicated wire transfers, fees, or currency conversions. We’ll take care of it all. Just make a click and your contractor will get paid in their currency of choice. This is a valuable bonus for talent in countries where the local currency is particularly weak—most people appreciate the ability to receive their payment in stronger currencies.

Hiring and paying your team in 

United Arab Emirates (UAE)

Hire and pay with Panther

Pay everyone with a single click
Get great currency conversion rates
Pay $0 in platform fees
Run payroll in seconds
Let Panther automatically create & store invoices
Let Panther automatically write locally-compliant contracts
Let Panther automatically file local tax documents

Hire and pay without Panther

Pay all your contractors individually
Do all currency conversions yourself
Shoulder the burden of platform fees
Spend hours each month making payments
Manually track & store invoices
Manually write & sign contracts
Manually file relevant tax documents

Let Panther save you from hiring headaches.

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If you want to hire employees in 

United Arab Emirates (UAE)

If you’ve read up until this point, you’ll know that it’s easier, cheaper, and more flexible to hire contractors in United Arab Emirates than employees. Still, there are valid reasons why you might want to hire employees instead. The content below is for you—we’ll cover employer taxes and obligations in United Arab Emirates.

Taxes in 

United Arab Emirates (UAE)

Employer tax

Employer Contributions

  • 12.5%

Individual tax

Leave

Paid Time Off (PTO)

If an employee has fulfilled at least one year of employment, they are entitled to 30 days of paid leave a year.  

Public Holidays

7 holidays totaling 14 days.

Sick Days

After 3 months of employment starting from the end of the probation period, an employee is entitled to 90 days of sick leave.  

The first 45 days of sick leave are paid as follows:  

  • First 15 days of illness- leave is paid at 100% of the regular salary  
  • 15-30 days of illness- paid at 50% of the regular salary  

From the 46th day, sick leave is not paid.    

Within the first 2 days of the sickness, the employee must give notice to their employer and produce a medical certificate from a doctor.

Maternity Leave

A woman is entitled to 45 days of fully paid maternity leave if they have completed at least 1 year of employment.

For women who work under the DIFC employment law, maternity leave is 65 days if the woman has worked for at least 1 year.  The first 33 days are paid at a rate of 100% of the normal pay and the remaining 32 days is paid at the rate of 50% of the regular pay.

Paternity Leave

Paternity leave falls under parental leave.

Parental Leave

For private-sector employees, both parents are entitled to 5 days’ paid leave.  The leave can be taken until the child reaches the age of 6 months.

Under the DIFC, pregnant employees are entitled to paid leave for prenatal care.

Termination

Termination Process

The termination of an employment agreement must be given in writing.

For expatriates, the final payment is made when the employment visa is canceled.  In addition, the employer is obligated to notify the authorities when an employee leaves the UAE.

Notice Period

A minimum of 30 days of advance notice is required by law. The employer can choose to give pay in lieu of notice if they so choose.

Under the DIFC employment law, notice period depends on the length of service:

  • 1-5 months of employment- 1 weeks’ notice
  • Up to 5 years or employment- 30 days’ notice
  • 5+ years of employment- 90 days’ notice

DIFC also allows for pay in lieu of notice.

Severance Pay

The amount of severance pay is determined by the length of employment:  

  • 1-5 years of employment – the employee is entitled to 21 days of wages for each year employed  
  • 30 days of wages for each additional year after 5 years of service.   
  • The total amount of severance cannot be more than a total of 2 years’ salary.   

If the reason for termination is not recognized by UAE law, the employee may be entitled to additional compensation totaling 3 months’ pay. 

Probation Period

The probation period can last a max of 6 months.

Employee requirements in 

United Arab Emirates (UAE)

Working Hours

The work week in the UAE is from Sunday to Thursday with full-time employment considered 48 hours weekly and 8 hours daily.

For businesses, hotels, and cafes employees, the workday is 9 hours.

During Ramadan, working hours are reduced by 2 daily.

Overtime

Overtime pay is paid at a rate of 125% of the regular pay, however, for overtime hours worked between 9 pm and 4 am, overtime is calculated at 150% of the regular pay.

For work on Fridays, the employee is entitled to an additional paid day off and overtime pay at the rate of 150% of the regular pay.

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