UAE’s Job Market; Recruitment Activity is Up

As mentioned in a U.S. News & World Report, the UAE is among the Best Countries to Start a Career (ranked #3). So, here’s a country that can attract the best international and local talents.

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is also a country where skilled workers are in high demand and where there’s, unfortunately, a significant shortage of local talent. The high wages, a tax-free salary, and adequate cost of living helps attract foreigners and expats from all corners of the world for employment opportunities, as well as for the opportunity to start their own businesses. In fact, the UAE is among top 10 countries globally for expats looking to start a business, as per HSBC’s Expat Explorer 2015 survey.

The UAE has really become to be a hub for the new generation of top global business talent with a varied multi-cultural workforce. Opportunities are many but competition is also fierce. For example, though English is widely spoken, knowing Arabic is definitely a plus, and communication skills in both languages is often spotted in job adverts in the UAE. Here, bilingual candidates can enter the job market more easily; however, this really depends on the profession.

Though many employers turn to foreign workers to fill their talent gaps, “the Ministry of Emiratization and Human Resources recently announced plans to activate Article 14 of the labor law, which states that a non-UAE national should be given approval for employment only when an unemployed national suitable for the position cannot be found,” reports The National. Therefore, “private establishments will now have to give priority to Emiratis when recruiting,” says Nasser bin Thani Al Hamli, Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratization (MoHRE).

Al Hamli said the ministry has launched several initiatives and programs that target acceleration and enhancement of direct employment and training of citizens, which will contribute to the creation of 15,000 jobs suitable for citizens in 2018. Already, “the ministry has been able to employ 6,862 citizens in the private sector in 2017, an increase of 22 per cent over 2016, during which 5,608 citizens were employed.” And, in addition, the increase in the number of recruitment for the Emiratis in the private sector for the current year have jumped to 101% in comparison to the number measured at the same period in the previous year.

In addition, the MoHRE launched the “Private Sector Youth Council” to support and empower Emirati youth, as they are cornerstones of the country’s job market, Al Hamli said.

In addition to plans to employ more locals, there are still opportunities in many sectors for all. Hospitality, recreation, entertainment, human resources and automotive industries are favorable markets and positions for candidates with qualifications and/or experience in sales and marketing, engineering and construction, finance and accounting, information and technology and communications are available. The real estate sector is also expected to benefit from Dubai Expo 2020, leading to a rise in hiring activity.

Also, there’s a rise in optimism which is up as Gulf job cuts slowed down with fewer staff reductions, and for the organizations that are operating on minimum staff levels and are now in a strong position to hire additional headcount to meet their 2018 business objectives, according to Gulf News.

So, if you are looking for a job in the UAE, then make sure to monitor vacancies online at job sites or seek help from a recruitment company. If instead you are ready to kick-start your business in the UAE, you can contact us!

UAE’s Job Market; Recruitment Activity is Up

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