A new decree issued by the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation outlines the terms for students of 15 years and above to be employed by a private company in the UAE.
The decree states that the students can work up to three months in a row, however exceptions can be made for longer periods of employment.
A contract must be drawn up in accordance with the Ministry’s regulations prior to a student’s employment in a company. The contract needs to include the salary, number of working days and daily working hours.
There are seven conditions to be met before a student can become employed and these include written approval from the employer, consent of the pupil’s guardian, a copy of the student’s emirates ID, proof of status and a valid visa for non-Emiratis.
The school also needs to issue a no objection certificate. A certificate of good health is also required.
The decree clearly states that companies cannot employ students for any work that could pose a hazard to them, for example controlling heavy machinery or working with dangerous materials.
The Ministry also stated that the young employees cannot work longer than seven consecutive hours and must be given health and safety training prior to their employment.
The company must also provide a certificate that includes a performance evaluation to the student at the end of the contract.