Is it legally possible to take on a second job in the UAE? As a matter of fact, it is! Since 2010, the UAE Labour Law has allowed those who already have a full-time job to take on a part-time job, as long as it doesn’t interfere with their existing tasks and responsibilities.
Moreover, the person who plans to take on a second job should apply for a temporary or part-time work permit from the Ministry of Human Resources & Emiratisation (MoHRE).
Having Two Jobs Legally Possible in the UAE
Anyone who has a work visa or family visa in the UAE can apply for a part-time work permit, which costs AED 100 (application fee) plus AED 500 (approval fee). Securing this permit enables workers to apply for a part-time job, in addition to their full-time occupation.
There are consequences for working without a part-time work permit, however. Federal Decree Law No. 2 of 2007 states that if a person is caught working for another employer without a permit, the hiring company must pay AED 50,000 in fine. Repeating the offence would lead to higher penalties.
Who Can Apply for a Part-Time Work Permit?
The following persons can apply for a temporary or part-time work permit:
- Emiratis, GCC nationals, and expats who have a work visa. They can take on a second job after securing the part-time work permit, which is valid for one year. The part-time job should be less than eight hours per day.
- People who live in the UAE on a family visa. They can take on a second job upon getting the permit, along with a No Objection Certificate (NOC) from their sponsor. The permit can be issued to men and women between 18 to 65 years old.
DISCLAIMER: The details presented above are for information-sharing purposes only. To learn more about working in the UAE, please visit the official MoHRE website. Meanwhile, check out our guide about working hours, official leaves, and vacations in the UAE.