UAE labour ministry offers reduced fees to recruit foreign workers

Minister of Human Resources and Emiratisation says members of EPC programme's new category to see fees reduced to $82

Members of UAE's EPC programme will pay lower foreign worker fees.
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Members of UAE's EPC programme will pay lower foreign worker fees.

Members of a newly formed category within Emiratisation Partners Club (EPC) will receive the chance to pay lower fees for the recruitment of foreign workers, according to a decision issued by the UAE’s Minister of Human Resources and Emiratisation, Nasser bin Thani Al Hamli.

The newly created fourth category will see various benefits offered to the programme's members.

For instance, foreign worker fees for two-year permit applications and renewals will be reduced to $82 (AED300), based on the firm’s Emiratisation rate and its membership in the club.

Launched as a move to raise the Emiratisation rate in the UAE’s private sector, Al Hamli’s decision is expected to encourage establishments to hire Emiratis and help achieve the National Agenda of the UAE’s Vision 2021.

Organisations outside of the UAE labour ministry’s domain can join the EPC programme by registering through its Tatween portal.

Firms already within the ministry’s domain can register for the EPC programme through the Tas’heel system.

Membership is granted to private-sector companies that have dedicated human resources departments, based on three key criteria.

These include the ratio of national employees to total skilled workers; the company’s diversity of economic activities and its geographic expanse; and the ratio of skilled workers to total workmen employed by the firm.

Members of EPC are offered benefits and bonuses based on their membership level.

For instance, organisations with ‘silver’ level membership receive limited services from the UAE Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation’s (Mohre) Red Carpet system.

Red Carpet benefits include the fast-tracking of transactions; the assignment of a dedicated account manager to complete Mohre transactions; and the speedy issuance of a new work permit in case an existing one has been lost.

Moreover, companies offered Red Carpet services cannot be automatically suspended from Mohre’s system without the prior approval of the minister or his deputy, according to Mohre’s website.

For more information about the Tatween Gate programme, visit Mohre’s website.

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