What is Skill Level 1, 2, 3 in MOL UAE Labour Law?

Skill Level 1, 2, 3 (explanation)

MOL has released the new Labour Law Resolutions starting 2016. One of the things that is covered there is exemption of Labour Ban for Skill Levels 1, 2 and 3? In this post I will clear the air around the Skill Level 1, 2, 3.

skill category as per uae labor law

Skill Level 1 (First Skill Level):

These are the individuals who have a Bachelor’s degree (University Degree) or higher qualification; in short these are professionals. As per the new labour law resolution 765, employees belonging to this profession, will not face labour ban when changing the job provided they have served the notice period as set out in their labour contract.

Few of the examples for the designations/professions are:

  • Manager,
  • Engineer,
  • Doctor,
  • Teacher,
  • Accountant,
  • Accounts Clerk,
  • Marketing Specialist,
  • Quantity Surveyor,
  • Draughtsman,
  • Executive Secretary,
  • Pharmacist,
  • Administration Officer,
  • Reservation Officer,
  • Safety Officer,
  • Public Relations Officer,
  • Computer Operator,
  • Advertising Designer,
  • Graphic Arts Draughtsman and so on.

The salary level of these professions are above 12000 dirhams and they must have an attested degree certificate.

Skill Level 2 (Second Skill Level):

Individuals under this category are those who have completed their Diploma in any field. This category typically involves people who are typically mechanical and technical jobs such as Technicians (ITI Diploma holders from India for example), Mechanical workers etc. The minimum salary of this category of employees should be 7000 dirhams with Post secondary education attested certificate.

Skill Level 3 (Third Skill Level)

If you have high school or higher secondary qualification, then such individuals will are categorised as Skill Level 3. This category of employees of following profession:

  • Sales Executive,
  • Sales Representative,
  • Sales Supervisor,
  • Site Supervisor,
  • Administration Clerk,
  • Correspondence Clerk,
  • Customs Clearing Clerk,
  • Ticketing Clerk,
  • Cash Desk Clerk,
  • Receptionist,
  • Cashier,
  • Store Keeper,
  • Tourist Guide etc.

Employees under this category must have secondary education certificate with AED 5000 salary.

What are other Skill Levels ?

Other than Skill Levels 1, 2, 3 there are also skill level 4 & 5 who are primarily unskilled workers without any qualification. Examples of these professions include General labourers, house keepers, Construction Labourers, Helpers, Cleaners, Loading and Unloading workers, Office Boys etc.

Is salary still a criteria to Avoid Labour Ban?

After MOL released the latest UAE Labour Law resolutions, labour ban is not applicable to individuals belonging to Skill Level 1, 2 and 3. MOL is silent on requirement of minimum salary required to avoid labour ban. Previously, you needed AED 12000, AED 7000 and AED 5000 minimum salary respectively for Skill level 1, Skill level 2 and Skill Level 3 to avoid ban depending on your qualification. This requirement has been scrapped under the new UAE Labor Law Resolution.

Related: How to avoid 6 month Labour Ban?

What is your skill level??

Do you know what your Skill Level is? Now, if you belong to any of the above Skill Level, you will not face any labour ban if you change jobs as per notice period mentioned in your contract. If you have any doubts, let me know through comments. Also talk to MOL officials for their update on Skill Levels.

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  • i am jai, I working as accountant from last sep-15 in private sector, if i need to change the job will effect ban on me ( i am master degree holder)

  • Hi I do not have any ban or what so ever,
    I was working in RAKFZ, my previous visa has been cancelled also.
    My visa application is getting rejected. Till now we have applied for 4 times sinceJune 2015.
    My employer has checked and all papers are clear in RAK, they are also trying desparately to get me in.
    We are struck and dont know how to proceed.

  • Dear Sir,
    I am confused with my skill level,as i have degree of Doctor of pharmacy(attested) but currently my designation is cash desk clerk in a private pharmacy. In this case which skill level fits to me and can i avoid labour ban? Please guide me.

  • im on my 3rd contract for same company (1st contract limited, 2nd contract unlimited, 3rd contract limited) and will expire on end of Feb 2017 but planning to resign on April 2016 and will render 1 month notice (5yrs and 2months tenure). kindly advise if i have to pay the 45days and will i have a ban considering my contract is showing skilled level 1 worker?

  • Yes sir I understand now the categories but what if you have that qualification of skill number 3 and you are working as a cleaner due to the fact that is not the preffession mention above. Can yo still have a ban.,? And can I also know if the labour law permit women to do certain hard jobs like cleaning with acid, or climbing tall ladders? But first I need the clerrifications of the ban if you have a Diploma but work as a cleaner.

  • Respected Sir,

    I am confused with my skill level, as i have Master degree in Commerce but profession in my visa is servant In this case which skill level fits to me and can i avoid labour ban? Please guide me. In ex law my visa was ban free.

  • I am under unlimited contract and I have worked for this free zone company for 9 months now without signing any agreement and they loaned me out to another labour company. Now the manager said that he does not like my performance bcos I smiled and he suspended me for 1 month. I want to know, am I entitled to complete salary for those suspended days of no work? I want to know my right. Thank you

  • Im working as a store keeper now but my visa state that my job description is follow up clerk will i face problem when applying for other company?

  • ban law i understand but the expiation about the Salary required is complete. for what level what salary required to avoid the ban with what qualification.

  • I resigned my recently with a notice period according to 121 but I chose 116 cos I don’t like court case, but now my employer want to robe me with abscond case, what can I do to escape this. I belong to level 2. My employer didn’t want to cancel me and also deactivated my bio-metric access to the office.

  • Hi Deepak! I’m a BSc Psych graduate and currently working as a reservation agent. I have few questions… First, is reservation agent different from reservation officer? Second, my previous visa was archives clerk, now my new company applied the same thing and is now approved. In the future, how can I have a visa which is as per the designation that I’m hired for? Third, it was mentioned on my contract about the 4th & 5th skill level that I have to put my thumbmark if I’m under that. They asked me for it. Does it mean I was categorized as unskilled worker without any qualification? Hoping for your reply. Thanks!

  • I am a M.A., B.Ed., degree holder worked as a Vice Principal in delta English school, muwailiah, Sharjah, UAE. From June 28, 2013 to April 2015 even though when I gave notice to management not to renue for the next academic year, they stopped me for attending duties and I filed case in MOL but finally I faced 6 months BAN.

      • visa is on 4/5 skill level but i have a bachelor’s degree. If i resign during probationary period in limited contract. Do i will face ban?looking forward for ur reply @deepak

  • Hi Deepak,
    My designation on visa is computer programmer. What is my skill level. Is labour ban applicable to me?

    Cheers!

  • Hi Sir!

    I am an Engineer but my employer give me a Sales Representative visa, now I have been working for him for a year, he always promise me that he will change my visa after a few months. Now I have decided to resign. What will happen to me if we are not mutually agreed regarding my resignation? Will I get employer’s ban? Please explain to me, I will be waiting for your response.

    Regards,
    Ara

  • Hi,

    What if the person is a College graduate but he is working as a clerk, will he be considered as Level 3 worker?

  • i have Bachelor Degree in Commerce . but my current employor designation Sales representative. in salary agreement is (AED 1,200/-). now i want to move from here. let me know can i get another job easily.

    Thanks

  • hai i am shah, Working for a private company for 18 months in sharjah, is it compulsory to have NOC from the company to lift ban, please advise.

  • Dear Deepak Sir,
    Goodevening,

    Thank you so much for your updates regarding skill categories. I came to know the level of skill but in my case i am confuse.i would like to request you to give solution. I did my bachelor degree in Art (humanities and sociology, major subjects are: Sociology and Anthoropology , Rural Development) but working in commi III(one of the lower post of kitchen cook). so what could be the my skill level? is my bachelor degree belongs to skill level 1 even i am not working to related work according to my academic history)

    Eagerly waiting your valuable solution.

    Best regards.

  • Hello Deepak,
    If you are under skill level one and still working under your probationary period, and the employer issued resident permit for you but you decided to resign (let’s say after 3 months) and ur probation period mentioned in your contract is 6 months.
    Would there will be ban in this case or you can join new employer easily?
    Thank you,

  • First of all thank you very much deepak for updating my awareness level and knowledge about amendments. Dear i had been working as professional typist and steno(75+\minut speed .english. Arabic. Urdu) as well as graphic designer for more than 8 years. I got my hsc certificate. Deploma in computer. Certificates of boy scouts and of civil defence as well. End of all i m working now as labour here in uae. I cant understand my category . please guide me for taking right decision. I will be soo greatfull for your guidence. Thanks allot again. May you live a happy and blessed life..

  • Hi Deepak,

    I am joining as a HR assistant in UAE and I got the visa work permit and in that work permit it is mentioned that, visa is applying for fourth and fifth skills. I have university degree but I got this skills set visa.
    Company HR is saying he will change it once my documents attested in Abu Dhabi.

    Can pls let me know is there any problem in future to get the jobs in UAE and it is possbile to change the skill set category as per HR mentioned.

  • Hi..

    I am Irshad khan i got the MOL employment contract for Security Officer but I was applied HSE OFFICER , there was mentioned on my contract about the 4th & 5th skill level that I have to put my thumbmark if I’m under that. They asked me for it. Does it mean I was categorized as unskilled worker without any qualification but i am hired for 1st level as per labour law. why did the change my actual designation and my category. what is the reason of behind that. I didn’t get the VISA before sign and thumb impression i would like to confirm for the same after signed and send contract copy to him VISA will be process.

    what would be mentioned my designation Security Officer or Safety Officer.

    Kindly revert for the same asap.

  • I have a secondary school certificate and I have worked with my company for 1yr 6months, can I change work without ban?

  • Dear sir,

    I have a Bachelor’s degree of Engineering. I got a Ministry of Labour form which requires my thumbprint as the worker of fourth/fifth skill level.”

    My question is, I fall in the category of 1st skill level, I have submitted my Original Degree certificate in my office for the process, why do I have to sign the form for 4th skill level?

    Please educate me on this on your earliest convenience.

    • Hi Deepak, read your article. thanks for it. But I have some doubts.
      I joined with my current employer on 17th Dec 2015 and Stamped my visa on 4th Jan 2016, I am Bachelor of Commerce Degree holder. Signed the contract agreement showing worker of skill level 4 or 5. Why the contract agreement shows skill level 4 or 5 in contract agreement? then my probation period shows 2 months, If I cancel my visa after my probation period, Am I eligible to work with another firm without ban?

  • Hi Mr. Deepak first I wud like to thank u for the guidance and the help u r doing.
    Well my issues is I got hired for xyz company in Nov2015,cos of my father expired,I have to quit the job in 15days but I had paid d notice amount and took noc and exited the country.now in jan i got offer from other company.I signed the contract but my work permit got cancelled.as my status shows 6month ban.as per new firm HR and I fall in No Ban level. Hr said me to wait for 10 days as till now no reply.plz do the needful am helpless. And seriously need of job.

  • Hi,i am bachelor graduated from university a degree of elementary education. Im working currently in shop a salary of 1800 all in with no other benefits. I was employed here since september 17,2015 (6months) base on my visa and emirates id. Now i need the legal advice if i will resign by the month of april it is posseble for me to lift the ban? Or only i need is NOC ftom my current employer?

  • Hello there, even though is pretty clear what you have stated above,still for my peace I need to ask. Accordingly to your article I am skill level 3. For the moment I am working at a company and I wish to resign after I finish my probabation. If I resign then, and only after that time I will begin to search for a new job, I will face the labour ban? If not, how much time I have available to search and find for a new job?

    Thank you in advance.

  • Hi,
    I am a new guy here and I have some doubts on labor ban.
    I am a master degree holder and I am working under a firm with low salary scale. Previously it was okay for me but now I have to do work like an office boy, some times more than 8 hrs of duty. They are not paying for extra. They don’t make any records for the same. Really I am fed up with this work.

    How can I get rid of it?

  • Dear sir,
    I’m a bachelor of engineering graduate but my work right now is security guard… and I found out in my work permit that I belong to level 4 to 5 skill level worker so it means that I can have 6 months ban if I change company? Please give me clarification sir…. Thank you and God bless

  • Dear sir,

    I have a Bachelor’s degree of Engineering. I got a Ministry of Labour form which requires my thumbprint as the worker of fourth/fifth skill level.”

    My question is, I fall in the category of 1st skill level, I have submitted my Original Degree certificate in my office for the process, why do I have to sign the form for 4th skill level?

    Please educate me on this on your earliest convenience.
    Thank you..

  • As I am master degree holder..but why me and most of us at innovation HR needs to provide thumb impression for 4 & 5 category skill labour ? Please clarify

    • Sir, I have for a foreman catogary in a LLC company in UAE but on offer letter from MOL uae it was written that I have hired for 4th/5th skill level. sir I just want to know is this justice with me? I have all my important educational docs with me that proves that I do not come in 4th/5th category.kindly give your feedback on this serious issue please !!

  • Hi, iam Ali. I am working as Agriculture Engineer at consulting company Abu Dhabi under limited contract. If i would like to change job should I have to salary greater than 12000 to weive off ban. As I checked than in new rules salary is not issue in professional level 1. Please advice. Thanks

  • Hello.
    I am a BS Nursing graduate and licensed in our country. This is my 2nd job here in Abu Dhabi and they apply me for a Follow up clerk position… Which is really not my work. And in the paper is says I am classified as 4/5th category. What if I want to change job before my proba period ends, do you think I will still be banned? I have all my school documents with me.

  • Dear sir,

    My employer was giving me a 1 month notice stating that they are terminating my contract and the reason was below.
    As you are aware, our industries is in challenging time which forces me to implement a comprehensive restructuring of this organization.
    I want to thank for your years of hard work and dedication to company, you have been an exemplary of our organization and i value your time.
    With this letter i am serving you with a 30 day’s notice of your EMPLOYMENT CESSATION your last day of employment shall be on April 4, 2016 and you benefits will be calculate to this date.
    My question what are the benefits should i get aside from the gratuity? Do i get the 3 months compensation due to the termination? I been working in the company for 6 yrs and 3 month. Please advise..Thanks

  • I have secondary school certificate but I’m working as an ordinary labourer and being paid 1000 AED, what should I do? Thanks

  • Dear Rey,

    You are entitled to have all the benefits the company can provide. Your contract will be terminated and no ban will be imposed. Find a new one and keep the worries away. 😊😊

  • Dear sir,

    I have a Bachelor’s degree of Engineering. I got a Ministry of Labour form which requires my thumbprint as the worker of fourth/fifth skill level.”

    My question is, I fall in the category of 1st skill level, I have submitted my Original Degree certificate in my office for the process, why do I have to sign the form for 4th skill level?

    Please educate me on this on your earliest convenience.
    Thank you..

  • Dear sir,

    I have a Bachelor’s degree of Engineering. I got a Ministry of Labour form which requires my thumbprint as the worker of fourth/fifth skill level.”

    My question is, I fall in the category of 1st skill level, I have submitted my Original Degree certificate in my office for the process, why do I have to sign the form for 4th skill level?

    Please educate me on this on your earliest convenience.
    Thank you..

  • Hi Sir My name is sherin..
    I got one latter form Minister of Labour..that latter about twelfth article,Here they are mentioning “Thumb print of sherin…. for the worker of fourth/fifth skill level.as per your note forth/fifth level is unskilled workers or labour category,but am completed P.G an i submitted that time my degree and Higher secondary certificates also.Now am holding the post as Sales Coordinator and visa is Sales profession.As future if any problem for this category which means if am changing my job with in this agreement period?Am very new in UAE i don’t know much about rules and regulations kindly reply me needfully

  • Dear sir,
    I have a degree in agricultural mechanization and irrigation engineering but now working as a cleaner at RAHA village and am four months in UAE will it be possible for me change my career before the end of two years because am not contented with the job of cleaning toilets and some people are telling us that the new changes in labour laws favour only people who have been in uae for more than two years?

  • Hi! My question is im in the skill 3 level. If i leave the company will i face a ban? Coz my visa was applied last year. My concern is, is my visa under the old law? Or the new law already implies with my visa applied last year. Thanks

  • Hello sir, I belong to skill level 1 and am still serving the probation period in my company. I want to quit before the 6 months probation period is over. What do I do? Do I go ahead and quit or I will be banned if I do that?

  • Dear sir,

    I have a Bachelor’s degree of Engineering. I got a Ministry of Labour form which requires my thumbprint as the worker of fourth/fifth skill level.”

    can you explain????

  • Hi sir;
    i m 60 old and i ve bachelor mathemaics+state ingeneer chemistry and technology+diploma management companys.Also more than 20 years in the field of industry(production manager,manager project and general manager);i speak french,arabic,english and serbian or croatian languages.Can i find a post in UAE?

  • dear deepak, 1months form today my probation will expired. I have a degree in Business mgt. but working as a laborer (level 4/5). I intend to resign will I get a ban. if yes, what should I do if my employer refuse? thanks