This is a question we get asked frequently by professionals seeking a new opportunity and in short, the answer is…NO!

While there are job portals and websites in the UAE where you can pay an optional fee for a highlighted profile or feature to contact prospective employers, you must know that it is illegal for any recruitment agency or executive search firm to charge you for help in your job search.

UAE Labour Law States:

“No licensed employment agent or labor supplier shall demand or accept from any worker, whether before or after the latter’s admission to employment, any commission or material reward in return for employment, or charge him for any expenses thereby incurred, except as may be prescribed or approved by the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs.”

So, How Do Recruitment Agencies Get Paid?

Recruitment agencies receive a fee for finding the right candidate for the role and this is paid for by the employer once the candidate has accepted the position.

What Should You Do If an Agency Wants to Charge You?

Please don’t hand over any money! Register with reputable agencies and job portals to continue your search instead.

The Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation has stated that this is illegal and has closed companies for this kind of malpractice.

If you wish to, you can report them to the Ministry by calling +971-680-27666 / 80060 or via the official MOHRE website.

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