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Hi all,

I'm currently considering moving to the UAE. After having spent two months looking a job, I've recently got an offer from one of the small companies in Dubai. The pay is much lower than I hoped for, but I was thinking I could use this opportunity as a way to get settled in Dubai and network my way into a better job, perhaps in a year from now.

Do you think this is a good idea? Does the fact I'm based in Dubai improve my career prospects, or is the visa process so easy that employers don't prioritize local candidates?

Thank you for shedding some light on this matter.

PS: The salary is enough for me to support myself, but not enough to make any valuable savings.

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Local experience matters a lot here, as does being physically present in the country when you are applying for jobs. So yes, if you think you can sustain yourself on that salary for a year or two than it might be worth it.

Of course selling yourself low etc is an altogether different matter. I suppose you have done enough research to know what the minimum starting salary for someone in your profession with zero local experience should be. Also take into account future prospects for your profession/industry. Remember its tough times in the GCC right now.

So there's a lot to think about, eventually only you know whats right under the circumstances. In short, if you think the offer is not too bad for someone with your profile and there's reasonable chances of you finding a better job here a year from now then it might be worth it.
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It's worth checking if your offer is for a limited or unlimited contract and looking over the UAE Labour law, there are different rules related to changing job after different periods of time - based on contract, salary, immigration and ministry of labour rules and your employers approach to HR..
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Yeah good point. Make sure you carefully read the contract and look out for terms which the employer could use to stop you from leaving or impose an employment ban etc. Apparently things have gotten better in this regard after the new labour law but be careful still. There are a lot of shoddy employers here.

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It will be easier to get the next role, but don't be too optimistic about getting a dramatic rise in salary. It's reasonably difficult to work your way back up the salary scale if you take a cut. Your next employer is going to be pretty reluctant to give you more than a 20% increase on your base.
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Thank you for your replies. To my knowledge, once your contract ends, you have to wait for 6 months before you can take up another job (unless your employer signs a non-objection letter) Is that correct?

Balls Boy, I see your point but why would I have to reveal my salary history in the first place? When asked about my income, I usually try divert the question by telling them about my target salary instead.

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For now I think this job is okay for you. Since the salary is good enough to cover your expenses. Keep looking for better job opportunities.

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Thank you for your replies. To my knowledge, once your contract ends, you have to wait for 6 months before you can take up another job (unless your employer signs a non-objection letter) Is that correct?
Not anymore, I remember in 2012 it was like this and was like if you resign before staying for 2 years with your company , Ministry of Labour (if LLC company) will impose a 6-month ban unless you get a job of certain salary but starting 2016 every body is free to leave / change sponsorship, just be careful with your offer letter too, cause I heard its now legally-binding and employers are submitting it to the Ministry of Labour, hope someone can correct me or confirm .
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By the way, are most companies currently on a hiring freeze, or is this not the right time to apply for a job? There are very few jobs advertised on Linkedin and company websites.

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Thank you for your replies. To my knowledge, once your contract ends, you have to wait for 6 months before you can take up another job (unless your employer signs a non-objection letter) Is that correct?

Balls Boy, I see your point but why would I have to reveal my salary history in the first place? When asked about my income, I usually try divert the question by telling them about my target salary instead.


If they allow themselves to be diverted like that, then they either don't care (in which case you're in luck) or they're a bit dim.

Your current salary is a starting point for any salary negotiation and (whether it suits your current planning or not) is the guide price for your value in the market.

I work as a headhunter, and when people tell me what they'd like to earn, I generally think "That's great. I'd like to earn more too. Now what do you actually earn?"

I wouldn't enter into a salary negotiation with someone who wouldn't declare their current income.

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