UAE Skilled Worker Classification: 4 Key Criteria [2024 Guide]

Last Updated on July 10, 2024 by Vadim

Discover if you qualify as a ‘skilled worker’ in the UAE and why it matters for your residency and visa options.

UAE Skilled Worker Criteria

According to the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MOHRE), skilled workers must meet these four conditions:

  1. Professional level: Skill level 1-5
  2. Education: Higher than secondary certificate
  3. Certification: Attested by competent authorities
  4. Salary: Minimum Dh4,000 monthly (excluding commission)

UAE Skill Levels Explained

MOHRE defines nine employment levels based on the International Standard Classification of Occupations (ISCO):

  1. Legislators, managers, business executives
  2. Scientific, technical, human field professionals
  3. Scientific, technical, humanitarian field technicians
  4. Writing professionals
  5. Service and sales occupations
  6. Skilled agriculture, fisheries, animal husbandry workers
  7. Construction, mining, other craftsmen
  8. Machinery and equipment operators/assemblers
  9. Simple professions (e.g., cleaners, domestic workers)

Note: Levels 1-5 are classified as skilled work.

Why Skill Classification Matters

Your skill level can affect:

  • Family sponsorship eligibility
  • Visa application options (e.g., Green Visa for levels 1-3)

Understanding your skill classification is crucial for navigating UAE residency and work permit options effectively.

Further Reading

If you’re interested in learning more about UAE Labor Law, here are some essential articles that cover various aspects of the topic. These resources will help you understand your rights and obligations as an employee in the UAE.

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  3. UAE Notice Period Rules: What to Do If You Need to Quit Immediately
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