The UAE warns of new job opportunities in return for paying a "recruitment commission"

Abdallah Shahin - | Business

Officially.. a new circular regarding offering job opportunities in exchange for paying a "recruitment commission".

Offers job opportunities in return for paying a recruitment commission
The spread of advertisements on social media, including job offers, and inviting those wishing to obtain jobs to submit their documents along with other facilities, in return for a sum of money, or a fee, paid to the advertiser to facilitate the employment procedures.

Looking for a job in the UAE
Young people looking for jobs within the country confirmed that they had contacted the advertisers, and were surprised that they had to pay additional sums to set a date for the employment interview.

Some of them reported that they were required to pay sums of up to 6,000 dirhams, in return for facilitating their obtaining a job such as a "security guard".

Fake recruitment companies
A manager at a recruitment company in Sharjah, who preferred not to be named, mentioned that there are actually fake recruitment companies that publish advertisements on social media and collect fees from job seekers.

And he stated that these companies exploit the need of job seekers to achieve financial profits without actual compensation, calling on those wishing to obtain jobs to go to know the best approved companies for employment within the country, and not to be led by advertisements.

The Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation confirmed to "Emirates Today" that to ensure the transparency of the relationship and eliminate the so-called "deception in contracts", the worker's signature is required on the work offer that includes the conditions of work.

She said that she had identified channels for submitting complaints in the event of a violation by the company, pointing out that legal measures would be taken against her if it was proven that she was practicing the activity without a license.

It is mentioned that the law prohibits the worker from charging any cost for his employment or recruitment, whatever its name.

In detail, young job seekers complained to "Emirates Today" that they were being defrauded in exchange for a "fake recruitment process". A young man with a university qualification, Amir Mustafa, said that he tracked a large number of job advertisements on the Internet to submit job applications, and whenever he applied to one of them, he was surprised by a request for money to facilitate his obtaining a job.

He added: «I spotted an advertisement for a day of employment in one of the sites, so I went there, and was surprised by the presence of severe crowds. When it was my turn, the advertiser asked me for 300 dirhams to provide the job, but I told him that I do not have this amount, so he gave me a discount, and asked me to pay 200 dirhams only, so I said that I do not carry this amount either, so he reduced the amount again asking me for 100 dirhams.. which is What made me doubt the validity of his words and his ability to provide me with a job, and made me feel that the matter was nothing but a fraud.

Mahmoud Hafez said that he applied for more than one job and conducted job interviews. Every time he goes to an interview, he pays a fee.

He continued, "If I do not pay the fee, they refuse to nominate me for the job."

Mustafa Abdel-Hadi confirmed that “job advertisements usually include temptations, such as providing accommodation and health insurance,” noting that he communicated with more than one party, and received positive messages, including the fees required to be paid.

Young Alaa Ahmed said that he was subjected to "fraud" more than once during his job search. He explained that he had persevered in paying the required fees, "in the hope of receiving a call with news of employment, but... they did not contact me at all."

In turn, the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation confirmed that to ensure the transparency of the relationship and eliminate the so-called deception in contracts, the worker is required to sign the offer submitted to him, provided that the terms of work are indicated in it; So that the employer may not amend or change it except in the correct legal framework, with the approval of the worker and the Ministry.

She explained that the job offer must match the work contract that is signed in the country. In the event that work is not provided to the worker, according to the offer submitted to him, there are channels for submitting complaints against the establishment.

The Ministry confirmed that the approved job offer forms bear a serial number (barcode), which makes it easier to verify their validity.

Regarding the guarantees that protect the rights of job seekers, she mentioned that Ministerial Resolution No. (46) of 2022 regarding forms of offers and contracts of employment stipulated in its first and second articles that the contract between the employer and the worker shall be in accordance with the forms of offers and contracts of work approved in the Ministry’s system, which are listed On the website, where the employer who wishes to employ any worker must use the contract form approved by the Ministry, which is in accordance with the work offer when requesting the issuance of the permit, and it is permissible to add benefits to the worker in the contract more than what is stated in the work offer, and it is also permissible to add appendices to the contract unless It contradicts the provisions of the Decree-Law, its executive regulations, and relevant ministerial decisions. In the event that the employer employs the worker without issuing a work permit from the Ministry, he shall be fully bound by the labor rights.

The Ministry affirmed that it pays great attention to workers in the private sector, and is keen to preserve their rights. In the event that the worker claims labor rights, it seeks to settle the dispute in a way that guarantees that he receives his full labor entitlements. In the event that this is not possible, his labor complaint is referred to the judiciary, in a way that guarantees his right to claim his dues. In contrast, the worker and the employer are not exempted from legal liability as a result of working without a permit.

The legal advisor, Nidaa Al-Masry, said that Article 18 of the Labor Relations Regulation Law of 1980 prohibited the collection of any amounts from the worker, whatever their name, whether “commission” or “fees.”

She added that Article 6 of the decree amending Law No. 33 regulating labor relations came to confirm this issue, as the third paragraph of it clarified that it is not permissible to engage in recruitment or mediation activity to recruit or use workers without a license from the Ministry, in accordance with the terms and regulations implementing the decree.

Paragraph 4 of the same article also confirmed that the worker may not be charged any cost for his employment or recruitment, whatever its name.

Article 8 of Ministerial Resolution No. 51 of 2022 regarding licensing and regulating the work of employment agencies prohibited licensed companies from obtaining, directly or indirectly, from the worker himself, or through mediation, any fee or commission for any reason, and in any way, whether for companies within the country. Or companies you work with from outside the country in this regard.

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