“UAE Corporations Seeking Remote Workers from Across the Globe”

There’s a growing trend among UAE companies to recruit remote workers from overseas, driven by the goal of cost reduction and enhanced profitability. This strategy allows businesses to access talent pools in regions with lower salary demands while ensuring operational efficiency. Recruitment experts observe that most remote hires come from Asia, the Middle East, and South Africa, where skilled professionals are readily available.

According to the Hays’ GCC Salary Guide for 2024, a substantial 87% of UAE companies plan to hire permanent staff. Nevertheless, a significant proportion (19%) will opt for temporary contracts, while 16% will engage freelancers, indicating a shift towards flexible staffing models in response to changing work dynamics.

Nicki Wilson, Genie’s managing director, highlights the appeal of establishing remote teams in regions with more competitive salary structures, particularly evident in recruitment agencies, tech firms, and customer service sectors. Wilson emphasizes potential cost savings of 50-75% in salaries for companies embracing remote work setups.

Mayank Patel, Vice President of Sales for EEMENA and Country Head of Adecco Middle East, underscores the diversity in workplace setups, ranging from fully remote to hybrid models. He stresses the importance of maintaining work-life balance while accommodating employee preferences for remote or office-based work.

Remote work visas, facilitated by the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA), enable foreign professionals to work remotely for UAE-based companies. Patel notes that remote employees’ salaries are determined by factors such as job responsibilities, expertise, and the company’s compensation policy. Niche roles requiring high expertise may command even higher salaries for remote workers.

Certain sectors like sales lead acquisition, technology, data, and performance marketing are increasingly embracing remote work arrangements, driven by potential cost savings and access to a global talent pool.

However, Patel highlights that remote work is more suitable for short-term projects and roles requiring minimal team collaboration. Functions such as customer service, consultancy, marketing, and IT roles like software engineering or data analysis are well-suited for remote or hybrid work models.

While many roles are filled locally, companies may look abroad for highly specialized positions or when local talent is scarce. Popular countries for remote hiring include India, CIS countries, South Africa, and Sri Lanka, boasting highly skilled talent pools capable of remote work delivery.

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