If I jump ship for a higher salary before my 6 month probation or better yet; before my 2 years of service at my current employer; I have heard I will be banned for 6 months to work. Apparently you can pay or do something to address this?
I cannot find much information about immigration to the UAE. The official webpage with the relevant information might be http://dnrd.ae/en/Rules_Reg/Pages/Rules.aspx?AudianceId=3, but it looks sketchy for an official government webpage. This random webapge has a lot of information about the visa ban. I think the relevant section for you is
It is possible to avoid a ban/ lift a ban by paying a fee, in case you are transferring from one sponsor to another. This is different from cancelling your residence visa or work permit. It is not clear if a NOC (No Objection Certificate) from employer is necessary for processing this. However, for exact details of ban lifting fee (which may vary depending on certain occupations), it is better to check with the labour department helpline of the emirate you are working in.