UAE Employment & Profession Categories Guide (Skilled & Unskilled Labor)

Fenan Nelx
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Hello UAE Expats! Welcome back to an essential guide on UAE employment and profession categories, including the minimum required salary and certificates. Let’s dive into the details according to the MOHRE (Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation).

1. Level 1 Skills (Category 1 Professions)

For individuals with a University Degree and above, falling under Category 1, the salary range is approximately 12,000 to 15,000 AED (minimum expected salary).

Level 1 Professions List:
  • Management Staff
  • HR Officer
  • Finance Manager
  • Sales Manager
  • Engineer
  • Doctors
  • Surgeons
  • Physicians
  • Clinicians
  • Pharmacist
  • Lawyers
  • Administration Officer
  • Reservation Officer
  • Public Relation Officer
  • Accountants
  • Teachers
  • Professors
  • Draughtsman
  • Advertising Designer
  • Graphics Designer
  • Marketing Specialist
  • Quantity Surveyor
  • Executive Secretary
  • Accounts Clerk
  • Computer Operator

2. Level 2 Skills (Category 2 Professions)

Professionals with a Diploma fall into Level 2, with a salary range of 5,000 to 8,000 AED per month (minimum expected salary). This category includes Technical and Mechanical related professions.

Level 2 Profession List:
  • Technicians
  • Mechanics
  • Software Developers
  • Web Developers
  • Telecom Technicians
  • Architectural Technicians
  • Auto Mechanics

3. Level 3 Skills (Category 3 Professions)

Expats with a High School or Higher Secondary School Certificate fall into Category 3. The expected salary for Level 3 ranges between 4,000 AED to 5,000 AED (minimum expected salary).

Level 3 Profession List:
  • Sales Staff
  • Sales Executive
  • Sales Supervisor
  • Sales Representative
  • Site Supervisor
  • Customer Service Representative
  • Call center agents
  • Administration Clerk
  • Customs Clearing Clerk
  • Customs Clearing Agent
  • Customs Representative
  • Cash Desk Clerk
  • Clerk Assistant
  • Archive Clerk
  • Ticketing Clerk
  • Cashier
  • Receptionist
  • Switch Board Operator
  • Storekeeper
  • Tourist Guide
  • Documents Controller
  • Documentation In charge

4. Level 4 & 5 Skills (Category 4 & 5 Unskilled Professions)

For unskilled professions falling under Category 4 & 5, the following roles are specified. The salary can be total; it is not required to be the basic salary.

  1. Drivers
  2. Maid
  3. Nanny
  4. Cleaner
  5. Laborer
  6. Blue-collar worker
  7. Office Boy
  8. Office Girl
  9. Beauty Salon
  10. Barber (Hairdresser)
  11. Messenger
  12. Loading & Unloading workers
  13. Ordinary Laborer
  14. Painters
  15. Steel Fixer
  16. Plumber
  17. Construction worker
  18. Other General Labors
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