About 70 percent of the companies in the UAE are planning to recruit new staff in one year, said a study conducted by Bayt.com along with YouGov.
Close to 1,500 people participated in the survey conducted between 19 May and 19 July. It was revealed that 69 percent of the UAE employers plan to hire new employees within the next 12 months, an increase of 67 percent compared to the corresponding period in 2016.
Enterprises are intending to hire for roles such as junior executive, administrative assistant, manager, coordinator and sales executive. Although opportunities may differ from industry to industry, numerous small and medium to large-scale firms in the private sector are expected to hire.
Suhail Masri, vice president of employer solutions at Bayt.com, was quoted by Gulf News as saying that the hiring estimate expects the job market to be strong, as nearly seven in ten employers in the UAE plan to recruit within the next year and a few are planning to hire within three months.
The UAE had seen slightly dull hiring activity in the last two years, as employers had become circumspect about hiring and opted to modernise payrolls to tackle the slowdown, which was a result of falling oil prices.
The latest MEI (Monster Employment Index) online job listings by firms in the UAE declined by 14 percent in the second quarter of 2017 compared to the quarter prior to it. Vacancies can still be found in enterprises unaffected by the decline, particularly those selling or manufacturing garments, textiles, consumer goods, gems and jewellery and leather.
New vacancies are being advertised by many online job portals. It was seen at getthat.com that over 2,500 jobs were listed as of 28 August, close to the same number of job openings that could be found on Bayt.com.
Masri said that they had also seen 36 percent of them planning to recruit in the Emirates within three months are intending to hire for more than five job functions. About 75 percent of those polled said that their employer has recruited new staff within the past one year. About one in two of them stated that they have hired within the last three months alone.
In 2018, candidates having degrees in engineering, business management and commerce will find more takers. The rider, however, is that the news staff are team players and have proficiency in Arabic and English.
About 53 percent of the companies want employees who are team players and are helpful, cooperative and flexible, followed by 50 percent who want those having an ‘ability to perform under pressure’ and communicate well in English and Arabic.
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