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January 1st Deadline For Unemployment Insurance Scheme

The Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation has announced that all Federal government and private sector employees must register for the social security support program by January 1st, 2023.

What is the social security support programme?

The new federal law covering the programme was announced in May, 2022, and is a new system that will pay both private and public sectors workers a cash sum each month for a maximum of three months if they become unemployed. Those who lose their jobs will receive 60 percent of their basic salary each month up to Dh20,000.

How much do workers have to pay for the insurance?

Payment of the mandatory insurance is done by the employee not the employer and is divided into two categories:

  • Category 1 covers workers who earn a basic salary of Dh16,000 or less per month, they will pay 5 Dhs per month or 60 Dhs annually.

  • Category 2 covers workers earning a monthly basic salary of Dh16,000 or more, they will pay 10 Dhs per month or 120 Dhs annually.

Where can employees register for the insurance?

Employees can subscribe to the insurance programme in a number of ways, including the insurance pool’s website, smart application, bank ATMs, kiosk machines, business service centres, money exchange companies, as well as du and Etisalat or by SMS, the ministry said.

How to claim the support?

Insured employees who have been made redundant can submit their social support claim via three channels: the insurance pool’s e-portal, smart application and call centre and this must be done within 30 days from the date of unemployment.

Compensation will be paid within two weeks from the date of the claim and capped at a maximum of three months per claim.

Employees are eligible for the jobless payment if they have worked and subscribed for at least 12 months to the insurance programme, as long as they have not been dismissed for disciplinary reasons or because they resigned.

Investors, such as owners of the establishments in which they work, domestic helpers, part-time employees, workers under the age of 18 and retirees who receive a pension and have joined a new job, will not be covered by the insurance programme.


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