Abu Dhabi Global Market expands worker categories

Abu Dhabi Global Market expands worker categories

From 13 May 2020, companies licensed in the Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM) can hire new categories of staff (“non-employees”), including seconded employees, temporary workers, contractors and interns. The measures feature in the Rules on Engaging Non-Employees 2019. The ADGM is an international financial center and free zone located in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Highlights of the new rules

  • Prior to hiring a “non-employee,” ADGM employers must apply for a three, six or 12-month temporary work permit from the ADGM. Employers must maintain appropriate records for these worker categories.
  • “Non-employee” categories do not appear to be covered by the ADGM’s Employment Regulations 2019). 
  • Seconded workers are individuals assigned to work temporarily in the ADGM for an ADGM entity, and who are sponsored for their UAE residence and work permits by a non-ADGM entity.
  • Outsourced individuals must work under an outsourcing agreement for one or more ADGM entities. They have to be sponsored for their UAE residence and work permits by a non-ADGM entity.
  • Temporary freelancers are individuals who provide temporary services to an ADGM entity. They must have a freelancers’ permit issued by a UAE free zone. 
  • Interns are allowed to work for an ADGM entity on a paid or unpaid basis to gain work experience.

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