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Dubai Jobs for Filipinos 2015 | Direct Hiring and Recruitment
How to Get a Job in Dubai
Jobs in Dubai, UAE are used to be available by direct hiring or through recruitment agencies in the Philippines. The process recently changed, however, so that overseas workers must work with a recruitment agency in the Philippines to process work permits.
Filipinos are not the only foreign workers who fly to Dubai and find jobs there. There are also thousands of Americans, Canadians, Indians, and British workers in Dubai. One reason for all of the foreign workers is that there are no income taxes in Dubai. It is possible to save much more money while working there.
Read on to find out exactly what you will need to find a job in Dubai, whether you work through an agency or go job-hunting on your own.
Do you want to work in Dubai?
Jobs for Filipinos in Dubai
There are many opportunities to work in Dubai. For both skilled and unskilled workers, there is a steady demand for employees in Dubai's sprawling metropolis.
Fields looking for unskilled workers include:
- oil and petroleum industry
- construction and carpentry
- hotels and restaurants
Fields looking for professionals and skilled employees include:
- hospitality administration
- Internet technology
- architecture and construction
- interior design
Some Hot Spots to Work at Dubai
Get Your Documents Together
Whether you work through an agency or have contacts that help you find work in Dubai, you will need to pull together the following documents;
You will need originals and photocopies of your:
- Transcript of Records (TOR)
- certificates of past employment
- certificates of trainings (related to the type of job you want)
- NSO Authenticated birth certificate
- NBI Clearance
- TESDA Certificates, if needed
Working With a Recruitment Agency
There are many POEA accredited recruitment agencies here the Philippines. They can be found In the bigger cities of Malate, Ermita, Makati, Edsa, Quezon City, and Manila. There are also some in the provinces.
Using an agency to go through the hiring process starts when you submit your resume and job requirements to the agency. Prospective employers will interview you either in person or via video call. After you were approved, the agency will process your documents and requirements with the POEA and in Dubai. They will arrange for your visa, working permit, plane tickets, and employment contract. You will have to pay a placement fee, which is usually equivalent to one month's salary or less.
Finding Work Through Direct Hire
Many Filipinos have friends or relatives who already work in Dubai and often those contacts can make job referrals. In this case, the friend or relative must arrange the job application and interview. If the employer likes you, they will send you your job contract and work permit. The employer will arrange your employment paperwork.
You will need all of the documents listed above. You must also arrange your own plane ticket, medical exam, and PDOS (Pre-Departure Orientation Seminar).
From anywhere else in the world you can search for jobs in Dubai. Here are two employment websites that I trust:
If You Job-Hunt in Dubai
If you are in Dubai and looking for a job you will need the same documents described above, plus a tourist visa.
I recommend applying for as many jobs as possible, because tourist visas are only good for 60 days, starting on the day you set foot in the UAE. This means you have 60 days to find a job. If you don't find one in that time, return to the Philippines and try your luck again another time.
How Much Money Will I Need to Stay While Job-Hunting?
Of course it's ideal if you have a friend or relative you can stay with while in Dubai. But if you don’t, these are the estimated costs of staying in city while looking for work:
- bed – Dhs 500 – 750 (4-8 people in one room)
- water and electricity – Dhs 60 – 100
- food – Dhs 250 per month
- bus fare – Dhs 1.50 minimum fare
To sum up, Dhs 2500 – 3000 will be enough for two months.