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These are the Middle East’s most in-demand jobs and skills in 2021

Employment agency Michael Page Middle East has released its annual Salary Guide and Hiring Insights report.

The report is based on data from the agency's proprietary database capturing job advertisements and placements throughout 2020, and is supplemented with insights from its consultants The report reveals the most in-demand jobs, skills and experience in fields like Finance and Accounting, Retail, and Oil & Gas Many of these trends and job market shifts have arose as a result of changes induced by COVID-19

While 2020 was a challenging year for most sectors, we enter 2021 with some renewed optimism as we explore what skills and jobs will be in demand in 2021. 

Employment agency Michael Page Middle East has released its annual Salary Guide and Hiring Insights report, which is based on data from the agency’s proprietary database capturing job advertisements and placements throughout 2020, and is supplemented with insights from its consultants. 

“To help you to adapt and support your business, the Michael Page Middle East team has put together some unique data-driven insights on the outlook for the different sectors and disciplines we serve in the Middle East. Along with defining salary benchmarks, with this guide, you can also identify opportunities to upskill your teams… We also offer our insights and recommendations to address the challenges different industries are facing from a hiring or talent perspective,” Pierre-Emmanuel Dupil, Senior Managing Director, PageGroup, Middle East & Africa, commented.

Banking and Financial Services
Most in-demand jobs:

  1. Investment Associate
  2. Risk Director
  3. Internal Audit – Director
  4. Corporate Development / Investments – Manager / Director
  5. Fund Finance Manager
  6. Compliance Manager

Most in-demand skills or experience:

  1. Financial Modelling
  2. Financial Control & Internal Audit Implementation
  3. Enterprise Risk Management (ERM)

Digital

Most in-demand jobs:

  1. Software / Web Developer
  2. Digital Marketing
  3. Head Of Product / ProductManager
  4. Digital Project Manager
  5. QA / Test Engineer

Most in-demand skills or experience:

  1. Software, Web and Mobile Development
  2. Agile Project Management
  3. Growth Hacking and Data Driven Marketing

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Finance and Accounting
Most in-demand jobs:

  1. Credit Manager / Controller
  2. Direct Tax Accountants /Managers
  3. Internal Audit / Risk Manager
  4. Financial Controller
  5. Finance Business Partner

Most in-demand skills or experience:

  1. Debt Management
  2. Restructuring
  3. Risk and Internal Controls
  4. International Taxation

Oil & Gas

Most in-demand jobs:

  1. Project Manager
  2. Commissioning / Decommissioning
  3. Manager
  4. HSE Manager
  5. Production Manager
  6. Estimating / Cost Manager

Most in-demand skills or experience:

  1. Onshore/offshore experience
  2. Green field management
  3. Leadership

Property and Construction

Most in-demand jobs:

  1. Facilities Management
  2. Commercial Management
  3. Contracts Claims Management
  4. Real Estate Asset Management
  5. Leasing

Most in-demand skills or experience:

  1. Facilities Management
  2. Commercial Management
  3. Real Estate Asset Management

Retail

Most in-demand jobs:

  1. Trainers
  2. VIP Client Managers
  3. Marketers (With E-commerce Experience)
  4. Buyers For Online Channels
  5. Contract Sales Staff

Most in-demand skills or experience:

  1. International experience
  2. Experience with offline and online platforms
  3. Training experience

Technology
Most in-demand jobs:

  1. Cloud Architecture
  2. Security Architecture
  3. SOC Specialists
  4. It Project Management
  5. Technical Solutions Consulting

Most in-demand skills or experience:

  1. Hands-on cloud transformation experience
  2. Project / Change Management
  3. Security Consulting

You can find the full report here

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