The Dubai Executive Council yesterday approved a voluntary part-time scheme for employees, which will be adopted by all departments of the Dubai Government.
The system is aimed to meeting the needs and requirements of governmental departments, invest in the nation's human resources and further improve the skills and productivity of individuals.
Part-timers would receive wages on an hourly basis. They will receive most benefits of full-time contracts, except for the annual performance incentive, air tickets, paid leaves such as maternity and paternity leaves, annual leaves, pubic holidays and study leaves.
However, health insurance, pension fund benefits and raises and allowances given to nationals as per Article 70 of Dubai Government's human resources law No27/2006 will all be maintained for part-time workers.
A 20 per cent hike on the hourly wages will be given to part-timers as compensation for allowances they are not eligible to receive. Prospective part-timers will have to pass the same trial period as full-timers. They are also eligible to receive training in the UAE and abroad with equal allowances. Under the new system, employees who have long working hours and suffer from difficult personal circumstances would be able to make the best arrangement for a work-life balance.
Ahmad bin Bayat, Secretary-General of DEC, said the system is part of plans by the Dubai Government to develop the governmental sector in line with directives from Dubai's leadership and the Dubai Strategy 2015.
Nasser Al Shamsi, Assistant Secretary-General for Public Sector Reform, said part-time work systems have proved successful in a number of advanced countries and the UAE would stand to reap similar benefits from the system.