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In a survey of 1,000 UAE residents, almost two-thirds of respondents (58 per cent) said that they would be more inclined to stay with their current employer or join another company if they were provided with a corporate retirement plan. Western expat employees (71 per cent) were the most inclined to remain loyal to their employer if they provided a retirement saving scheme.
The results will make interesting reading for companies across the UAE that are experiencing intense competition for the best talent. The strengthening economy, greater investment and the development of projects such as Expo 2020 are increasing demand for highly skilled workers in the UAE, which are in short supply across the Emirates.
The research also found that other employee benefits would also help to retain and attract top talent. The provision of life insurance would encourage 35 per cent of UAE employees to either stay with their current employer or join another company. Meanwhile, critical illness cover would be valuable loyalty tool among 31 per cent of employees.
According to UAE Labor Law, employers do not have to provide retirement saving schemes for their employees. Instead, employers must provide an end of service gratuity (‘gratuity’) on termination of employment if the employee has completed one or more years of continuous service. The gratuity payout is dependent on length of service and is linked to the basic salary.
There is also no legal obligation for a company to accrue the funds required to payout their employees’ gratuity liabilities. This is leading to many employees to lack confidence in the system with only half (53 per cent) believing that their employer has saved the funds required to pay their gratuity.