Nearly 79% low-in­come work­ers lack in­sur­ance

Gulf News - - Nation - Staff Re­port

Nearly 79 per cent of low in­come mi­grant work­ers do not have ac­cess to a proper in­sur­ance cover in the UAE and suf­fer from other so­cial in­se­cu­ri­ties such as job loss, fear of not be­ing able to pro­vide for their fam­i­lies among other con­cerns, a re­cent re­port cov­er­ing 762 blue col­lar work­ers — 49 per cent In­di­ans and 51 per cent Filipino re­spon­dents from UAE earning less that 4,000 per month.

The re­cently con­cluded re­port, en­ti­tled ‘Life­style and At­ti­tude of Work­ers within the Low-In­come Group in the UAE’ funded by the United Na­tions and con­ducted by Democrance, an in­sur­ance tech­nol­ogy start-up, cov­ered sev­eral key fears and con­cerns of blue col­lar work­ers.

Nearly 35 per cent of mi­grant work­ers said their fore­most in­se­cu­rity was fear of job loss, and with it the worry about be­ing able to sup­port fam­i­lies back home. This was fol­lowed by con­cern about stag­nant salaries (19 per cent) and health is­sues (13 per cent). In this con­text, 43 per cent of mi­grant work­ers viewed life in­sur­ance as an im­por­tant in­vest­ment, yet 79 per cent re­mained unin­sured for rea­sons in­clud­ing lack of knowl­edge.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UAE

© PressReader. All rights reserved.