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There are many possible reasons for quitting a job. You might be aiming for a higher salary, seeking a better career position, or simply moving to another location. Whatever the reason, it’s important that you are aware of your rights as well as your obligations.

Also Read: 10 Things to Know when Working in the UAE

Before you submit that resignation letter to your employer, however, we would like to remind you of certain things first and items you should consider.. In today’s article, we share several tips for resigning “smoothly” from your job in the UAE.

Tips for Those Who are Planning to Resign

If you want to have a hassle-free resignation, here are some tips and reminders. Be guided accordingly before making that decision or taking any plan of action. After all, you want to leave in a professional manner and do it properly to avoid breaking ties with your existing employer.

#1 – Understand your employment contract thoroughly.
Remember that employment contract that you signed? Now is your time to bring it out again and see what it says regarding notice periods, end-of-service pay, and other matters. Also, take note of the proper procedure for submitting a resignation.

#2 – Employer’s consent is not necessary.
Based on the UAE Labour Law, you do not need your employer’s consent to resign from your job. Similarly, your employer cannot force you to resign, either. This decision is yours to make.

#3 – Serving the notice period is mandatory.
Most employment contracts include a notice period of 30 days. You are obliged to serve your notice period or pay compensation, depending on the agreement with your employer. If you fail to serve your notice period, you could be banned from working in the UAE for up to one year!

#4 – Calculate your end-of-service or gratuity pay.
Your end-of-service or gratuity pay is based on your most recent salary. It also depends on the type of contract that you have (e.g. limited or unlimited). In any case, make sure that you know how to calculate your gratuity pay to prevent errors and misunderstandings.

#5 – Write a resignation letter.
Writing your resignation letter makes your intention more formal, as it indicates your reasons for deciding to quit your job. You may submit it through email, though a printed letter is preferred by most companies, for record purposes.

#6 – Be ready for a negotiation.
In some cases, to keep you from leaving your job, your employer may try to negotiate by offering a higher salary, better benefits, etc. Before you accept anything, however, make sure that the new terms have been put into writing and made formal between all parties. On the other hand, if your mind is truly made up, then remain firm in your decision to resign.

#7 – Leave on good terms.
Regardless of your reasons for quitting, as much as possible, leave on good terms. You can do this by serving your notice, going through the proper procedure, and being respectful. This way, your employer may even give a good recommendation that could help in your next job application.

By keeping these tips in mind, you can ensure that your resignation would go smoothly and hassle-free. For more information, please visit the official website of the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MoHRE) and read more about the UAE Labour Law.


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