MoL warns private recruiting agencies to renew licenses to avoid fines

ABU DHABI, 8th February, 2015 (WAM) — The Ministry of Labour, MoL, has warned private recruitment agencies that it will be issuing administrative fines, beginning March 5th, for those whose licenses have expired, as per the Cabinet Ministers decision.

Humaid bin Deemas Al Suwaidi, Assistant Under-Secretary for Labour Affairs, confirmed, “The Cabinet’s decision to reduce the fine imposed on agencies for not renewing their licenses is currently AED 1000 for Mediate offices and AED 2000 for Temporary employment offices, the previous amount was AED 10,000 for both.” Implementing the Cabinet’s decision, which took effect on January 5th, the ministry has provided temporary employment agency business owners a 60 day grace period to renew their licenses and avoid the fine. The fine is usually issued against these agencies on the following day of the expiry date.

The Assistant Under-Secretary called upon private recruitment agencies to speed up the renewal according to the procedures followed before the deadline in order to avoid fines. “There are around 600 licensed recruitment agencies registered with the Ministry of Labour, of which 50 Mediate and Temporary employment agencies have expired licenses,” bin Deemas said.

He praised private recruitment agencies practices, considering them a major gateway entry to the UAE labour market, and so urged them to renew their licenses to be partners with the Labour Ministry in regulating and organizing the labour market, which would raise the level of services provided by the agencies in accordance with the legal requirements to preserve the rights of all parties and to limit any negative practices. “As well as to strengthen national employment opportunities for qualified and trained human resources through their departments within these agencies,” he added.