Gender pay disparity has long been the centre of debate in countries around the world, irrespective of the field one may be working in. From showbiz to the corporate world and various other sectors of employment, females have time and again protested for equal pay to their male counterparts. In a latest and rather great development, the United Arab Emirates has now enforced equal wages for men and women working in private sectors. The Decree of Federal Law No. 06 for 2020, was issued by his Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan on 25th August and was demanded to be put into effect from today, 25th September, 2020.
It stated, “Female employees shall receive wages equal to that of males if they perform the same work or another of equal value. The procedures, controls and standards necessary for evaluating work of equal value will be set under a decision to be issued by the Cabinet, based on a proposal from the Minister of Human Resources and Emiratisation.” The amended article supports the objective of reinforcing gender equality in terms of wages and salaries in the private sector, as per Federal Law No.08, reported Gulf News.
The Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation stressed that the new amendments will help strengthen UAE’s regional and international status for upholding gender equality. The UAE leads the region’s countries in bridging the gender pay gap, according to the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report in 2020. The new government procedures will determine the requirement of equal wages for jobs of equal value without differentiating gender and market standards will be used as a reference in wage assessments, state news agency (WAM) reported. A big win for the United Arab Emirates and surely a step in the right direction!