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The number and pace of jobs in the UAE rising

Sectors such as e-commerce, IT, healthcare, pharma, medical devices, customer service, and financial technology are hiring a highly skilled workforce in the UAE in 2021

Demand remains for jobs like construction, delivery, logistics, warehousing, and vaccine administration Some 80% of UAE professionals have a positive outlook about their careers over the next year Employment in the UAE rose at the fastest pace in more than two years in June

Sectors such as e-commerce, IT, healthcare, pharma, medical devices, customer service, and financial technology are hiring a highly skilled workforce in the UAE in 2021.

Job numbers are increasing in the first half of 2021. Demand remains for workers in jobs like construction, delivery, logistics and warehousing, and vaccine administration.  

“With companies adapting to virtual recruitment and onboarding, there has been a shift from static jobs towards project-based or cross-functional work. Some organizations have started recruiting contingent workforce to have flexibility in headcount based on business needs. Temporary or project-based work may also be more widely accepted by employees looking to re-enter the workforce or venture into a different industry,” said Mayank Patel, country head at Adecco Middle East.

Sectors hiring:

IT, Healthcare, Fintech, E-commerce, Customer Service, Logistics, Telecom, Medical Devices, and Financial.

Sectors hiring during Expo 2020:

  • Hospitality
  • Retail
  • Technology
  • Travel
  • Catering
  • Leisure

UAE career prospects- Survey

Some 80% of UAE professionals have a positive outlook about their careers over the next year as the region emerges from the impact of the global pandemic, according to a new survey.

Jobs website Bayt.com and YouGov said the MENA-wide survey also highlighted the emergence of the UAE as the most preferred country for relocation purposes.

According to the poll, nearly six in 10 respondents (57%) said they believe they deserve to work in a higher-level position, and 47% said they are willing to move into a different industry to make that happen.

The top three factors that were seen as important in an ideal job for UAE professionals were salary and benefits (78%), opportunities for career growth (62%) and job security (37%).

Interestingly, respondents are much more likely to prefer being an employee (45%) rather than owning a business (29%).

Around six in 10 respondents reported feeling motivated at work, with only 18% not so motivated.

The survey also showed that 56% reported that higher salaries and perks/benefits would increase motivation at work, followed by better work-life balance (50%) and an opportunity to express creativity/showcase skills (41%).

The top personal goal for the next year was reported to be saving more money, according to 71% of respondents while other prominent goals included buying property (43%), spending more time with family (36%), and exercising more (23%).

UAE employment pace

Employment in the UAE rose at the fastest pace in more than two years in June, according to IHS Markit.

But non-oil business activity improved at a slower pace, to its lowest level in four months, IHS Markit’s Purchasing Managers’ Index showed recently, as coronavirus-linked measures persisted and some flights were canceled. The gauge remained above the 50-mark separating growth from contraction.

“Business conditions continued to improve at only a gradual pace in June, adding evidence to a mixed initial recovery from COVID-19 in the UAE non-oil sector,” said David Owen, an economist at IHS Markit.

New business growth in the kingdom was also at the highest level in five months. Job creation also rose at the fastest pace since late 2019, but was modest overall, IHS Markit said.