Job Trend in UAE – A Brief Guide


A very recent Middle East Job Index Survey, revealed interesting insights on the regional job market. 

Here are some highlights:

  • 69% of those surveyed in the UAE believe that their country of residence is more attractive as a job market in comparison to other MENA countries.
  • 46% of working respondents in the UAE rate their industry as being more attractive as a potential employer in comparison to other industries.
  • 66% of UAE employers will be hiring in the next three months, with 43% definitely hiring and 23% probably hiring. According to them, only 3% of UAE companies are definitely not hiring.
  • In a year’s time, 31% of UAE current employers state that their companies will definitely be hiring, and 41% will probably be hiring.
  • 75% of those looking to hire candidates in the UAE will be opening up to 10 new positions to potential employees in the next three months. The majority of these jobs will be for junior executives (45%) and executives (40%). Only a minority are seeking top-level candidates.
  • 37% of UAE working respondents said that their company is generally seeking candidates with mid-level experience, while almost one third of them said they are looking for candidates with managerial skills.
  • 31% are ideally looking for candidates with administrative skills, experience in sales and marketing (27%) and computer skills (25%).
  • A graduate/post graduate degree in Business Management (35%) is the most sought-after academic qualification when looking for candidates in the UAE. This is followed by a degree in Commerce (25%) and Engineering (24%).
  • Good communications skills in Arabic and English (49%) and good leadership skills (47%) are also highly esteemed.
  • Almost 8 out of 10 UAE respondents work in the private sector, with 32% of them working for a multinational company.
  • 12% of respondents in the UAE are unemployed.
  • 21% of current employees in the UAE hold executive roles with no managerial responsibilities, while 20% are junior managers or team leaders and 17% are in middle management.

If you are in UAE – working or seeking opportunities – share your thoughts  opinion by commenting below.



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