Sharjah raises minimum wage for UAE nationals
Sharjah has increased the minimum wage for United Arab Emirate (UAE) nationals to AED 25,000 (US$6,800), up from AED 17,500.
The country’s leader, Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, said the minimum wage had been increased after conducting studies with the emirate’s Department of Social Services. The sheikh said the salary was intended “to give citizens a good life”.
Luke Tapp, an employment law expert at Pinsent Masons, said: “This new minimum wage in Sharjah is a really positive development for UAE nationals working within Sharjah and the community generally.
“It is a great example of the UAE authorities prioritising employee welfare and Emiratisation, and ensuring certain minimum rights and entitlements are provided to employees working within the UAE.”
The sheikh said the emirate would not “close the doors” to anyone looking for work, even if they did not meet the conditions of employment. Currently, there are 12,000 job seekers in Sharjah.