Friday, September 25, 2020

UAE: Equal pay for men and women

Sept 25, 2020.

United Arab Emirates.

A new law that will ensure equal pay for men and women in the private sector will come into effect in the UAE starting today.

As per a new decree by the President, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, women will be paid as much as men for the same job and wages will be determined by market standards and not gender.

Article 32 of Federal Law No 08 of 1980 regarding the regulation of labour relations will be amended to the effect with the objective of reinforcing gender equality in terms of wages and salaries in the private sector.

The Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation began the efforts for achieving gender equality in terms of wages by implementing a decree on August 25.

The ministry stressed that the new amendments will help strengthen the country's regional and international status for upholding gender equality.

The new ruling has been hailed by many as a concrete step towards empowering women in the work space.

Dr Anwar Gargash, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, said the decree is a "new positive step in the process of empowering women in the Emirates".

He tweeted that the law will help build a modern state that reinforces equality and justice.

The UAE leads the region's countries in bridging the gender pay gap, according to the World Economic Forum's Global Gender Gap Report in 2020. The country also ranks first in the Arab world and 26th globally on the United Nations Development Programme's 2019 Gender Inequality index.

Women from the private sector welcomed the law as forward-looking and pro-women empowerment.

Khaleej Times