The job market activity has picked in the UAE, as the country has witnessed some of the highest number of job listings in the region, says Bayt.com.
The job-listing platform, which also carries out market surveys, says an average of 4,000 jobs are advertised daily on its website in the UAE.
According to the latest bellwether Bayt.com Middle East Job Index Survey (July 2014), 66% of UAE companies have hired new employees in the past six months. Seventy four per cent claim they will either ‘definitely’ or ‘probably’ be hiring in a year’s time, suggesting long-term growth and a positive outlook for the future, while 21% of companies will look to fill between 6-10 positions, most of which will be for junior executive roles (36%).
When it comes to fields that require employees currently, UAE respondents believe that the most attractive industries are construction (39%) and banking and finance (39%), followed by oil, gas and petrochemicals (35%). More specifically, in the next three months UAE companies will seek sales managers (19%), customer service representatives (15%), human resources professionals (14%), project managers (14%), and executive assistants (14%).
In the UAE, the most desirable qualification is one in engineering (31%), followed by business management (29%), and commerce (21%). As the UAE has developed a gamut of higher education institutions, jobseekers can easily choose to pursue these qualifications.
Emirati Talent in the UAE
Bayt.com has a community of over 160,000 registered Emirati professionals who are looking for a new job or open to better career prospects. The Emirati talent pool on Bayt.com is extremely diverse, extending from entry level to C-Suite talent and senior executives across the entire spectrum of demographic, geographic and industry lines.
The Bayt.com Top Industries in the MENA Survey (December 2013) shows that the majority of Emirati professionals (55%) choose the government as a favorable employer, and this is followed by military, defense and police services (35%), oil, gas and petrochemicals (29%), and banking and finance (27%). The hospitality and tourism and retail industries are on the other hand favored by 7% and 3% respectively of Emiratis as top industries attracting national talent in the UAE.
It is worth mentioning that the hospitality and tourism industry was identified by professionals in the UAE as the second industry that has the longest hours at 26%, right after construction (32%). Hospitality and tourism is also one of the most attractive industries to women in the UAE, at 27%.