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‘My Dubai employer cuts my salary to 90%, surviving on 10% salary is not possible’


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Several expatriates in the UAE are experiencing salary cuts due to the impact of Covid-19 in the business. While this may be difficult for some, others tend to adjust and spend within their means. 

An employee in Dubai shared on Reddit that their employer has reduced everyone’s salary and work hours by 90 percent. He wrote on the social media platform to know if they experience the same salary reduction and their plans if they face this. 

“I am [not] sure what to do next as my days in Dubai seem numbered as surviving on 10 percent salary is not possible,” he wrote. 

In the comment section, the Reddit user was asked if he was asked to sign an annexure to his labor contract, agreeing to the deduction. 

“Yes, everyone was made to sign an annexure which stated that the reduction would apply to gratuity also–which is something against the government announced earlier that no reduction would be applicable to gratuities,” he added noting that everyone signed anyway because they had no option as it was a ‘take it or leave it’ scenario. 

Many Reddit users advised him to leave the company. 

Read the full conversation below:

Did your employer reduce your salary? from r/dubai
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