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Salary Racism: What’s the Colour of Your Passport?

Shared by a friend in medical profession

Bullying and workplace violence are a real problem in UAE-GCC. The backgrounds and reasons for this unfortunate phenomenon can partly be blamed on the salary disparities between different nationalities performing the same jobs.

The wage system in UAE-GCC is completely based on the color of the employees passport. This goes for all companies hiring foreign staff. My experience is from the nursing field so I will talk more about that specifically.

In most countries the nursing salaries are seen as too low compared to the education level and the actual job responsibilities and duties the job required. The salaries will however usually increase as the nurse gets more experience and training over the years. In UAE-GCC the staff nurse with only two years working experience and the one with 30 years experience plus additional training will earn the same monthly salary. There are no age or experience benefits and specialization will only once slightly increase the salary.

The only determining factor in the salary is the passport which the employee is applying for the job with. In fact, not even nationality matters.

For example an Indian national who worked in Great Britain, obtaining a British passport and dual nationality. He will naturally apply to work in UAE-GCC with the British passport because of the much fatter paycheck. Some Asians, particularly Filipinos knowing this, travel to Canada just to get the passport. It’s the easiest country to obtain a passport from in just a few years. The expats then relocate to the Middle East, applying for the job as Canadians, this way multiplying their earnings.

The below fictional salary table of nurses illustrates how bad the salary disparity in UAE-GCC can be. Salaries of course vary from one hospital to another and there’s a difference between private hospitals and government owned, with the latter paying higher salaries.

Passport = Basic salary per month UAE AEDs

Indian 2500

Filipino 3500

South African 7000

Malaysian 8000

Arabs (Lebanon, Jordan etc) 10000

UAE 11000

European (British,German etc) 16000

American (Canada,Australia) 18000

So basically the lowest paid are the Asian passport holders and highest salary goes to U.S. and Canadian passport holders. This system is said to be based on the standard of living in the home country of the employees. In other words, what the money will buy the employee back home and the cost of living and value of money in each country. It’s also said to be based on the quality of the education that western vs. Asian nurses have.

For example a Filipino nurse earns so much in the Kingdom she’s able not only to live a comfortable life there but also support her extended family back home and maybe even purchase a house and a car. The money the Filipino expat earns in UAE, although much less compared to what their western colleagues are making for the same job, will in comparison get them more back in their home countries.

On the other hand the American or European nurse, although earning more than at home, does not get a significant pay raise in UAE-GCC. Many are able to travel and save some money, perhaps pay off loans but there is no way they could support others and make large purchases at the same time.

As an example, starting salaries for Indian nurses in their home country according to this source is 2300 rupees a month which is about 41 U.S dollars (150AED). The maximum salary with all benefits would be around 5000 rupees, or 90 dollars. The estimated earnings of an Indian nurse in UAE-GCC, 2000-4000 AED is around 1000-2000 U.S dollars at the current exchange rate. That would add up to roughly 58,000 rupees. That is a staggering difference to what they can earn back home.

Filipino nurses earn approximately 5000P a month back home in Philippines, which is about 450 AED (120 U.S dollars). A news article from 2009 states Pinoy nurses salaries in government hospitals will be raised from 2550 to 3500AED. If they earned the estimated 3500AED a month in UAE-GCC that would be roughly 39,000P (900$). Almost ten times the amount they would earn in the Philippines.

Compare this to the European nurse with estimated earnings of around 2400 euros at home, minus taxes leaving her with about 1600 euros a month. That’s roughly 7500 UAE AEDs, or if counted from the salary before tax cuts, 11,000AED. In UAE-GCC her salary will increase about 30% from this. If the European were to get a comparative pay raise to the Asians, her salary would be something around 26,000 euros or 120,000AED a month.

Interestingly, the Filipino expat that first relocated to Canada to obtain the passport which he consequently used to apply for work in UAE-GCC, suddenly becomes a millionaire back home. By completing just a few years of work in the Kingdom, the expat can return home to the Philippines as a very rich man.

Another strange aspect is how the UAE nationals themselves get lower pay than westerners do. Don’t the employers value their own citizens more? Are UAE employees not seen as efficient or highly trained as the western nurses are and thus not deserving as much pay? It’s not totally uncommon to hear other nurses complaining about the laziness or lack of training of the UAE nurses though.

Even though it might be partly understandable why they thought up this kind of system in the first place and it does have some sort of rationale behind it, it still causes a lot of tension at the workplace. In the end of the day it’s unfair to pay one employee ten times more in UAE AEDs for the same job, based solely on which passport they hold. This creates grudges and jealousy between nationalities.

Is there a solution to this salary racism? Could all employees be paid same salary regardless of their passport color? If the wages went down significantly how would UAE companies be able to attract western employees anymore? If employees from poorer countries started earning the same salaries as westerners in UAE do, what would happen? An overwhelming influx of Asian employees? How about raising the UAE’s salaries in order to motivate them more? Would making the salaries more equal make the working environments more tolerable places for all nationalities to work harmoniously in?

If these salaries are based on the cost of living back home and education levels then why do some employees get paid according to their newly obtained passports? What about a UAE or Asian employee who trained in the west? Or a western nurse that got their education from a third world country? This system seems to have so many loopholes and other negative aspects to it that at least some sort of reform would certainly do good for the UAE workplaces.

IDEX 2013

The Higher Organising Committee for the International Defence Exhibition and Conference (IDEX), have met to cuss preparations for IDEX’s Grand Opening Ceremony, the first stages of which will begin on the 28th of January.

Helicopters, jets from the Al Fursan aerobatics team and transport aircraft will begin their rehearsals in the skies above the Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Centre Grandstand.

“This ceremony is a key moment of the Middle East’s largest joint defence exhibition; Abu Dhabi will be on the world stage, and it’s important we get it right.” said Major General Obaid Al Ketbi, Head of the 2013 IDEX Higher Organising Committee.

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Dec 02 1971 ~ Dec 02 2012 41st National Day -UAE

Father of nation (late) Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al’Nahyan managed to bring the 7 emirates of arabian gulf together this day in 1971. His Vision & wisdom transpired through out the region. 41 years later UAE is trade, social & economical hub of diversified nationalities. Peace Tolerance Prosperity & Religious harmony prevail across the UAE & The Region

UAE – Multi entry Visit visa, a new step by Govt.

Under decree issued to allow multiple entry VISIT visa.

A ministerial decree No. 418 of 2012 allowing for multiple entry visas was issued by Lt. General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior

DETAILS HERE

Eid aladha Zilhaj 10th on Oct 26 in GCC

Mabrook to all readers & humanity across the globe.

Eid Al Adha will be on Friday October 26,across KSA,& GCC. After the moon for the new lunar month could not be sighted on Monday night in the region KSA & GCC have indicated that Eid across the region will be celebrated on Oct 26th 2012.

in UAE Eid holidays for workers in the government sector will be from Thursday 25 October to Sunday 28 October and they will return to work as of Monday 29 October. Eid holidays for private sector employees will be from Thursday until Saturday and they will resume work as Sunday October 28.

Sign The Petition

The movie posted over youtube has caused great unrest among muslims across the world. US Govt have shown zero interest for removal of such a blasphemous item instead Senator Clinton is trying to act naive.

SIGN HERE for permenant removal of movie from the you tube

When no-one is watching ALLAH is


UAE: A Pakistani Taxi driver who returned lost Dh120,000 praised for his honesty

DUBAI In the 18 months Omar Hayah Ajmal Khan has driven a Dubai taxi, passengers have left many things behind – from mobile phones to shopping bags.

On Tuesday afternoon, the 26-year-old Pakistani driver’s character was put to the test when he found a briefcase full of money and jewellery.

“I was very surprised to see all that cash, I can truly say that I’ve never seen that much money before in my life,” said Mr Khan.

He had completed his last fare of the day when he decided to pick up a Saudi man from Al Rigga Street in Deira and dropped him off in the Rola district of Sharjah.

“I thought my day was over. It was 3:20pm and I get off at 4pm. I was just going to refuel my taxi and go home,” said Mr Khan, who works for Metro Taxi.

At the petrol station, while cleaning his cab, he noticed a case tucked behind the driver’s seat. When he checked to see what was inside, he found 123,700 Saudi Riyals and gold jewellery.

“I immediately called my company to say a customer had left his bag of valuables in my car and that I was going to the police station to drop it off.”

Mr Khan took the bag and its contents to Al Qusais Police Station.

“The officers at the station also seemed surprised by what was inside the briefcase. They told me that they would call me when they located the owner of the bag and I’d have to return to verify his identity.”

Less than an hour later, Mr Khan received the call from the station.

He returned to find a very relieved Hatem Awad Al Anassi, a 30-year-old businessman from Saudi Arabia.

“When I got to the station I saw the Saudi gentleman and he was overjoyed to have his property returned to him. He thanked me profusely and gave me Dh500 for my trouble.”

Mr Al Anassi said he always carried cash with him while on business in the UAE, but had never misplaced it before.

A call to his mobile phone distracted him as he was leaving the taxi, and he panicked when he realised he’d left it behind.

“I was very afraid that I had lost the money,” he said. “But at the same time I had hope that it would be returned. After all, the UAE is a very peaceful place.”

Mr Al Anassi contacted the police and they began searching through security camera footage from the hotel he was dropped off at.

“The first photo they showed me was of a different taxi driver. I was starting to lose hope when I got a call saying that the bag had been handed to the officers at Al Qusais Police Station.”

He said he was blown away when he heard the taxi driver had handed it in.

“This guy is on a limited income, he must really have a clean soul to do such a deed.”

Mr Khan’s friends were equally impressed he returned the loot.

“Many of them said they would have been tempted to keep it. But that never even crossed my mind,” said Mr Khan. “This is just the way I was brought up, you know?”

Dubai Police were so moved by Mr Khan’s honesty, they held a ceremony in his honor on Wednesday and presented him with a certificate of appreciation for his honesty and integrity.

“I’ve never taken a dirham I didn’t earn,” Mr Khan said. “Even if no one else was a round to see me, God sees all. Besides, if I had taken it, I don’t think I could ever have look my 2-year-old daughter in the eye.

“I’m a much happier person with Dh500 that I earned than Dh120,000 that I didn’t.”

Increasing Racism against EXPATS

If the article with head line Expat population ‘could threaten’ GCC security here has any weightage & contain data gathered by ‘SOME’ legal Government sponsored local agency. It is high time expats shall make a choice.

The prime age between 25 – 42 is sucked by GCC, KSA – by our own choice serving masters in GCC/KSA and yet we exist with no human rights and no naturalisation/ citizenship laws.

EXPATS time to re-evaluate the priorities, MAKE a CHOICE

Sucides & Divorces – Living Beyond Means

A Pakistani couple 16 months in wedlock are under stress. SHE may get divorce for what she has done in past when single. Under debts of banks & lending firms.

Glitter Glamour & Artificial life style revolving around plastic HIV may have a cure & human life can sustain, The CREDIT CARD & LOAN is a non-curable disease leading to …….. destroyed lives.

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Ramadan Kareem

Ramadan moon has been sighted across GCC. Ramadan 01 1433 will be on Friday July 20th 2012

Ramadan (also known as Ramadhan or Ramzan) is the ninth month in the Islamic calendar. It is a time when Muslims around the world focus on prayer, fasting, giving to charity, and religious devotion. The last third of Ramadan is a particularly holy period, as it commemorates when the Koran’s (Qu’ran) first verses were revealed to the Prophet Muhammad (_peace be upon him_) (Mohammad or Muhammed).

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