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UAE Introduces Unemployment Insurance Schemes

Nov 15, 2022 / Haroon Juma / HR & Payroll Blogs

Unemployment Insurance Scheme

Under the provisions of the Federal Decree-Law No. 13 of 2022, related to unemployment insurance, the insurance scheme aims to provide citizens and residents, working in the government or private sector, financial support to employees who are terminated by their employers.

The financial support will be given to workers who have paid a monthly insurance premium during the course of their employment. This insurance is not a mandatory expense for employers. Employees can enroll for the insurance scheme starting January 1st, 2023.

Why Introduce This Scheme?

The main objective of the unemployment insurance scheme is to safeguard and provide workers with an income for a limited period. It aims to provide workers with social protection to ensure they continue benefiting from a decent living for the period of their unemployment.

It is also designed to enhance the competitiveness of Emiratis in the labour market and achieve a competitive knowledge economy by attracting and retaining the best international talent.

What Is The Scope Of The Scheme?

All workers in the private & federal sectors will be eligible for the scheme except:

  1. Investors and business owners who own and manage their own businesses
  2. Domestic workers
  3. Employees on temporary contracts
  4. Employees under the age of 18
  5. Pension-receiving retirees who have changed employers.

Is Registration Mandatory?

From January 1, 2023, the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MoHRE) will make purchasing an insurance policy against job loss a mandatory requirement.

From as little as AED 5/Month, employees of private sector companies and federal government departments can subscribe to the Unemployment Insurance Scheme.

Available Schemes, Premiums & Eligibility

The compensation amount will be equal to 60% of the employees’ basic salary, with the maximum amount set to AED 20,000 per month. The amount will be paid from the date the employee loses their employment and paid for the following 3 months or until the employee finds a job, whichever is earlier.

Basic Salary Premium Compensation
AED 16,000 or less AED 5/Month OR AED 60/Annum Not more than AED 10,000/month
Exceeding AED 16,000 AED 10/Month OR AED 120/Annum Not more than AED 20,000/month

To be eligible for the compensation, the worker must have paid the monthly premium for at least 12 consecutive months and payments should have been made on time.

The reason for unemployment cannot be resignation. The insurance scheme is only designed for terminated employees. If a worker is dismissed from their position for a disciplinary reason, they are automatically deemed ineligible.

Employees are required to submit the claim within 30 days from the date of termination.

Insurance Scheme Providers

As per the Ministry of Human Resources & Emiratization, the scheme will be provided by the insurance companies in Dubai, such as:

  • Dubai Insurance Company
  • Abu Dhabi National Insurance Company
  • Al Ain Ahlia Insurance Company
  • Orient UNB Takaful Company
  • Oman Insurance Company
  • Abu Dhabi National Takaful Company
  • Orient Insurance
  • National General Insurance Company
  • Emirates Insurance Company
  • Al Ain Ahlia Insurance Company

The subscription channels are as follows:

  • SMS
  • Du & Etisalat
  • Exchange companies
  • Business Service Centres
  • Bank ATM & Kiosk Machines
  • Insurance pool’s website (www.iloe.ae) and smart application

Suspension From The Scheme

Any of the following situations will result in the insured worker losing their eligibility for compensation:

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