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Thursday, January 19, 2023

MOHRE Calls on Employers to Benefit from Electronic Service to Pay the Wages of Domestic Workers

The Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MoHRE) has called on employers to register their domestic workers in the Wage Protection System (WPS) to benefit from its innovative solutions as well as pay their wages in a easy and convenient manner.

In cooperation with the UAE Central Bank, the Ministry provides all employers with the option to pay the wages of their domestic workers electronically through banks, exchange houses or financial institutions accredited to provide the service by the Central Bank.

His Excellency Abdullah Al Nuaimi, Assistant Undersecretary for Domestic Workers at MoHRE, said: “Enabling the employers to pay the wages of their domestic workers through the Wage Protection System comes under the Ministry’s efforts to develop services that meet the aspirations and needs of the employers, including the national and resident families, in a manner that is consistent with the legislation regulating the work of this category. The system would also enable employers to document the payment of wages to the domestic workers, and at the same time safeguard the payment process.”

Al Nuaimi stressed the importance of the WPS in enhancing transparency, stability and protection of both parties to the contractual relationship, in addition to ensuring that the Ministry is constantly informed of data related to wages which helps reduce labour disputes related to wages, as well as providing a safe working environment for domestic workers, thus reflecting positively on enhancing the UAE’s reputation as the ideal destination to live and work.

Employers can benefit from the advantages of paying the wages electronically, after registering in the system and contracting with the financial authorities accedited by the UAE Central Bank to provide the service. This service will be applied to 5 out of 19 professions within the domestic workers category, as of April 1, in line with the Ministerial Resolution No. 675 of 2022 regarding the payment of wages for some professions of domestic service workers through the WPS.

These professions include private agricultural engineer, personal assistant, housekeeper, personal tutor, and personal trainer, with the exception of a domestic worker who has a pending labour complaint, or is unemployed, or against whom a notice of absence from work is registered, or a domestic worker who is yet to complete 30 days since the start of his/her employment contract.

The Ministry has defined 19 domestic workers’ professions, which include the housemaid, sailor/boatman, security guard, household shepherd, household horse groomer, household falcon trainer, physical labour worker, housekeeper, cook, nanny/babysitter, farmer, gardener, personal driver, private agricultural engineer, personal assistant, personal nurse, personal tutor and personal trainer.

The UAE began applying the WPS to workers in private sector establishments in 2009, which has had a significant positive impact on the stability of the contractual labour relationships between the employers and the workers in this sector.

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