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Many UAE Employees Maintain Second Jobs or Businesses

By Hazle Jakubowski

May 25, 2024

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In the United Arab Emirates’ private sector, having a side hustle in addition to a full-time job is not an unusual occurrence. Recruitment experts suggest that it's crucial for employees and potential job-seekers to openly discuss this with prospective employers during their interview process.


Kameron Hutchinson, recruitment director at Allsopp & Allsopp, encourages candidates to be transparent about their side jobs during interviews. He advises individuals seeking employment to research prospective employers thoroughly and if they have strict policies requiring complete commitment of time, then perhaps such companies are not the right fit.


Hutchinson emphasizes that while pursuing other interests or income sources, it's critical that the primary job remains paramount. Honesty is key; if one can fulfill all employer requirements and still manage some extra activities on the side without compromising work quality or productivity levels – why not?


He further comments on how common secondary income sources are among UAE employees. The trend is widespread as many corporations adjust their regulations allowing employees to pursue other activities apart from their main jobs. He lauds Dubai’s dynamic nature where one isn't limited by singular professional commitments.


Drawing comparisons between his native UK and UAE mentalities towards work-life balance, Hutchinson points out how British society generally favours traditional 9-5 jobs with designated annual leaves whereas those in UAE tend more towards flexibility.


Side hustles could range from managing social media brands earning through views/collaborations without full-time obligations or any passion project needing monetary support which comes from holding down a regular job.


Hutchinson also stresses upon maintaining good rapport with employers so that when discussions around second jobs arise - provided you've proven your worth through consistent performance - chances of acceptance increase significantly.


Echoing similar sentiments Nicki Wilson owner-managing director Genie Recruitment notes increasing popularity for part-time gigs especially amongst younger Generation Z workforce who wish expand skill sets across diverse fields rather than being confined within single roles


She urges employers remain open-minded towards employees having secondary jobs as they could be missing out on talented individuals otherwise.


Wilson believes maintaining a second job requires significant balance and organisational skills. From her professional perspective, this trend can prove beneficial by allowing employees to develop additional skills and contacts that may enhance their primary role.


She cites an example of one of her employees who runs a brownie business on the side which helps maintain connections within food & beverage industry – also served by Genie Recruitment


She firmly believes unless the secondary job is significantly hindering performance or reducing hours in the main job it should not pose any major issues. Progressive employers should accommodate such scenarios without hesitation.


In conclusion, UAE’s private sector seems to embrace flexible work cultures where professionals are encouraged explore diverse interests alongside their primary jobs provided there's transparency understanding between employer employee regarding expectations commitments from both ends.


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