UAE companies step up hiring plans as labor market improves, survey finds


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About 72% of UAE companies plan to hire new employees in the next year as the job market improves following pandemic-induced layoffs and pay cuts, according to a news report. investigation.

The main sectors looking to hire new employees in the next three months are health and medical services at 66 percent, human resources (65 percent) and consumer goods / FMCG (64 percent), l Bayt job site employment index survey. com and market research agency YouGov have shown.

The survey interviewed 1,027 recruiters and businesses in the MENA region, including the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Jordan and Egypt, from July 4 to August 24.

The global labor market, which was hit hard during the Covid-19 pandemic, is showing signs of recovery as economies reopen. Jobs in the UAE have also increased amid an economic rebound and as Dubai prepares to host Expo 2020.

About 45% of UAE companies that plan to hire in the next three months will recruit people for up to five positions, while 25% are looking to fill six to 10 positions, according to the survey.

“The Mena region offers a wealth of employment opportunities for various industries and career levels,” said Ola Haddad, director of human resources at

“The Mena region continues to evolve and transform, affecting the volume and quality of employment opportunities, as well as critical factors in attracting and retaining the best talent.

More than half of all job seekers in the UAE are planning to change industries in the coming months as new career opportunities open up in industries such as healthcare, engineering and banking, revealed a separate investigation by and YouGov last month.

About 25 percent of UAE employers said they are looking to fill customer service representative positions in the next three months, while 19 percent of companies are also looking to hire sales managers in the same time frame. of time, followed by human resources managers and receptionists the 17 percent, according to the new survey.

At the same time, 52 percent of UAE employers are looking for employees with good communication skills in English and Arabic, 48 percent are looking for team players, 43 percent want to hire people with good leadership skills and 37 percent said being able to work under pressure was important.

The most sought-after academic qualifications among UAE employers include business management at 34%, followed by engineering at 28% and information technology at 17%, the survey adds.

About 38 percent of employers said they are looking to hire candidates with management experience, while 31 percent want candidates with mid-level experience and 24 percent are looking for sales and marketing specialists.

At 88%, the healthcare and medical services industry ranked as the top industry looking to hire in the next year. Next in line are commerce, trade and retail at 83 percent and human resources at 74 percent.

Sectors that attract or retain top talent in the UAE include IT, Internet and e-commerce at 30%, followed by advertising, marketing and PR at 28%, and services health and medical with 28%, the survey found.

With 30 percent, banking and finance rank as the sector that attracted the most Emirati talent, while 32 percent said the IT, internet and e-commerce sectors attracted the most graduated talents. Meanwhile, banking and finance has emerged as the sector that attracts the most female talent to the UAE, according to survey results.

“The Middle East Employment Index survey… helps applicants understand the current state of the employment sphere in the region,” said Zafar Shah, research director at YouGov.

“This helps them determine their position in the current job market and also reflects the sentiment and outlook of companies operating in key sectors in the region. “

Updated: September 26, 2021, 12:47

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