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Mandatory job loss insurance for UAE employees in 2023

Employees will have to start buying job loss insurance once the program comes into effect on January 1st, 2023, announced the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MoHRE). Starting next year, the new Unemployment Insurance Scheme will provide up to AED 20,000 per month to eligible UAE employees working in the private sector or the federal government. The new insurance scheme will be available to UAE nationals and residents.

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This Pacific Prime Dubai article looks at the latest on mandatory job loss insurance for UAE employees in 2023.

About the UAE’s Unemployment Insurance Scheme

The MoHRE’s latest job loss insurance scheme aims to protect UAE workers by providing them with up to three months cash compensation due to involuntary loss of employment. Essentially, the scheme is available to UAE nationals and residents who were involuntarily let go from their job without resigning or being dismissed for disciplinary reasons. The insurance scheme’s subscription fee will be marginal while the cash compensation will vary.

What’s more, the insurance scheme will be provided under two categories. The first category is for employees with a basic salary of up to AED 16,000 while the second is for those with a basic salary exceeding AED 16,000. The insurance cost under the first category will be AED 5 per month, with cash compensations reaching up to AED 10,000 per month. Likewise, the monthly insurance cost for the second category will be AED 10, with monthly cash compensations reaching up to AED 20,000.

Users will be able to receive their compensation if they subscribe to the scheme for a minimum of 12 consecutive months. The following are exempt from the UAE’s job loss insurance scheme:

  • Freezone employees
  • Domestic helpers
  • Establishment owners or investors
  • Employees under temporary employment contracts
  • Juveniles under the age of 18
  • Retirees with a pension who have joined a new job

Employers are not required to pay any costs or fees for this scheme.

Involuntary Loss of Employment (ILOE) grace period

Eligible employees have a grace period of 6 months, giving them until June 30th, 2023 to subscribe to the ILOE. Workers who were employed after January 1st, 2023 have a grace period of 4 months from the date they land in the UAE or change their visa status to subscribe. Employees who fail to register in an insurance scheme and do not make any contributions for over 3 months will face fines, in addition to missed contributions.

What are the subscription channels?

According to the MoHRE’s Twitter account, the subscription channels for the new job loss insurance scheme include:

  • Insurance Pool website (
  • The Insurance Pool smart app (iloe)
  • Al Ansari Exchange
  • Kiosk machines
  • Telecommunication bills
  • Bank ATMs and apps
  • Businessmen service centers

Who will provide the insurance?

MoHRE announced that the new job loss insurance scheme will be offered by the Dubai Insurance Company, which represents the following nine companies:

  • Dubai Insurance Company
  • Abu Dhabi National Insurance Company
  • Al Ain Ahlia Insurance Company
  • Emirates Insurance Company
  • National General Insurance Company
  • Orient Insurance
  • Oman Insurance Company
  • Orient UNB Takaful Company
  • Abu Dhabi National Takaful Company

How are the claims calculated?

When it comes to calculating claims for the new UAE job loss insurance scheme, the monthly compensation will be 60% of the average salary over the most recent 12 months before job loss. The maximum compensation for any single claim is three consecutive months. Similarly, the aggregate claim payment must not exceed 12 monthly benefits, regardless of how many claims are submitted during the insurance period over the insured’s entire work life in the UAE.

Note that claims must be submitted within 30 days from the date of job loss. As usual, employees will not receive compensation if there has been deceit or fraud involved in their claims.

The benefits of having job loss insurance

UAE residents have shared how unemployment insurance could have helped them from dipping into their savings following job loss. Most people have bills, rent, and loans to cover, making unexpected job loss even more stressful and unsettling. On top of that, those with families have more financial responsibilities to worry about. It’s needless to say that losing your job, and the employment insurance benefits that come with it, can affect people both financially and mentally.

Financial support like what is being offered by the new unemployment insurance scheme will give people more time to look for employment or figure out their next step.

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A longer grace period after a residency visa cancellation can help

Khaleej Times reported that the grace period after visa expiry has been increased to between 60 and 180 days in the majority of cases. The grace period, which was initially 30 days, depends on one’s visa category. Expats are required to either get a new visa within the grace period following their residency visa cancellation or exit the country. The extended grace period and new job loss insurance scheme can offer much-needed support for employees who lose their jobs unexpectedly.

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Jantra Jacobs is a Senior Copywriter at Pacific Prime with over 10 years of writing and editing experience. She writes and edits a diverse variety of online and offline copy, including sales and marketing materials ranging from articles and advertising copy to reports, guides, RFPs, and more.

Jantra curates and reports on the results of Pacific Prime’s monthly newsletters, as well as manages Pacific Prime’s Deputy Global CEO’s LinkedIn posts. Complemented by her background in business writing, Jantra’s passion for health, insurance, and employee benefits helps her create engaging content - no matter how complex the subject is.

Growing up as a third-culture kid has given her a multicultural perspective that helps her relate to expats and their families while 8 years of working remotely have given her unique insight into hybrid work arrangements and enthusiasm for employee benefits.
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