UAE job market expected to open up considerably in the next 3 months

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65% of UAE companies expect to create up to 10 new job openings in next 3 months, according to and YouGov survey

Majority of job opportunities in the UAE will be for new entrants into the workforce

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UAE job market expected to open up considerably in the next 3 months

The UAE job market is expected to open up considerably in the next 3 months, with seven out of 10 companies expecting to create up to 10 new positions, according to the latest survey by and YouGov. Most of these will be with large or multinational private companies, presenting exciting opportunities for new graduates and first-time employees in particular.

Hiring Expectations
In the next 3 months, 59% of companies across the GCC, North Africa and Levant expect to hire new candidates, with the highest expectancy in the GCC countries. Most of those hires will be made by private sector companies. In the UAE, 61% of companies claim they will either probably or definitely hire in the coming 3 months. In the next 12 months, 68% of companies in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region anticipate that they will hire; the same is true for 67% of UAE-based companies.

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For the most part, 69% of companies who are looking to hire will create up to 10 job openings in the next 3 months. This is echoed by companies in the UAE, of whom 65% will hire up to 10 more people in the same time frame. The majority of these jobs in the UAE will be for junior executives (39%), followed by executives (30%) and coordinators (29%). A large number of UAE companies are looking for receptionists (16%), accountants (14%), HR professionals (13%), secretaries (13%), customer service representatives (13%), sales managers (13%) and executive assistants (13%).

Candidate Qualifications and Skills
The most desirable qualification to have in the MENA region at present is one in Business Management, according to 23% of survey respondents. Commerce (22%), administration (21%), computer science (21%) and engineering (20%) are also popular. UAE employers are especially keen on candidates with commerce qualifications (24%).

Good communication skills in Arabic and English are a must for 56% of MENA employers. They are also a highly desirable qualification in the UAE, second only to the ability to be a team player who is cooperative, helpful and flexible. Good leadership skills are also of top appeal to 47% of UAE employers.

In terms of experience, UAE employers are looking for candidates with a background in managerial (30%), sales and marketing (30%), and administrative (27%) work.

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Recent Hires and Job Attractiveness
Six out of 10 companies across the region claim to have made new hires in the last 6 months, with 43% having taken on new employees in the last 3 months. Two thirds of employers in the UAE (66%) have hired new candidates in the last six months, with 47% having done so in the last 3 months.

Across the MENA region, 41% of jobseekers consider their country to be more attractive, career-wise, than other countries. This is especially true in the GCC, where six in 10 would prefer to stay in their own country rather than move elsewhere, while in North Africa and the Levant, the majority would prefer to look beyond their own country to find employment.

UAE residents are particularly keen on the local job prospects, with 71% stating that the nation is more attractive than other countries.

When it comes to industries, the majority across the region (44%) believe that their current industry is preferable to other industries. Just more than half (53%) in the UAE believe that their current industry is more attractive than any other. In terms of attracting and retaining top talent in the UAE, the construction industry is considered by 41% of surveyed professionals to be the most popular. Tourism and hospitality (38%) and banking and finance (37%) are also perceived as extremely popular with UAE top talent.

Suhail Al-Masri, VP of Sales, said: “There is a positive trend in the upcoming months in which a number of companies across the region will open up a number of job opportunities. This is particularly seen in the Gulf region. Hiring trends will be mostly toward the younger generation who are looking for entry-level positions. At, we are committed to providing employers with top talent at every end of the career spectrum from entry level fresh graduates to middle management and senior executive professionals across the entire industry spectrum and particularly in fields that are hot growth fields across the region.”

Sundip Chahal, YouGov said: “The GCC countries seem to have the most positive hiring schemes for the next three and 12 months compared to North Africa and the Levant, where the intention to hire is less positive and respondents are keener to move elsewhere for work.”

Data for the MENA Job Index Survey, February 2014, was collected online from December 15 2013-February 9 2014. Results are reported on a base of 3,137 respondents, of which 2,729 were of working status. Countries that participated are the UAE, KSA, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Bahrain, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Egypt, Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia.

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