Expats may be hired in public positions in Sharjah

SHARJAH: Expatriates can still be hired in public positions, but on contract basis, as per the HR Law 6/2015 issued by His Highness Dr Shaikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, reported WAM.

However, Emirati nationals and children of local women will have the priority of appointment in government organizations in the emirate of Sharjah, while non-nationals may be appointed as per contracts in accordance with the regulations, the report said.

Under this law, exceptions to the conditions of employment are granted to the Executive Council as per the recommendations by the HR department, without flouting the civil and criminal responsibility of the employee, it added.

Part-time job is also acceptable under the new law whereas the Executive Council  is authorized to introduce new recruitment systems. The procedures, provisions, and recruitment schedule of these shall be defined in the executive bylaw, said the news agency.

However, each and every employee shall be subject to a probation period of three months that may be extended to a similar period with effect from the date of employment, the report said.

The authority concerned with employment is entitled to terminate the service of the employee in case he proves to be incompetent for the position.

The recruitment decision shall be considered null and void if the employee proved to have flouted the set conditions and submitted incorrect information even if he did so before this law comes into effect, it added.

A permanent committee for human resources will be set up under the Executive Council under the name: ‘Permanent HR committee’. A decision on the formation, membership duration, and mechanism of operation will be issued by the Executive Council, the report pointed out.

Reportedly, the committee will also be authorized to comment on all the legislation referred by Dr Shaikh Sultan, the Executive Council, or HR department. It will also look into the complaints raised by the employees and give recommendations to the Executive Council.

Meanwhile, only the chairman or director of the government department is entitled to recruit an employee in a public position on the first and second grades, as well as grades five to seven (for engineers and employees on special contracts).

Nonetheless, this may only be given nod after being recommended by a government body. The HR department also has to study and refer the same to the Executive Council of the emirate for final approval, the WAM report said.

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