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Bayt.com reveals most attractive industries for UAE talent

At present, Bayt.com has almost 160,000 registered Emirati job seekers –looking for a new job or better career prospects – and approximately 4,000 job vacancies in the UAE on any given day as well as a vast number of employers searching through job seeker profiles using the smart, intuitive ‘Bayt.com CV Search’ technology. The Emirati talent pool on Bayt.com is extremely diverse, extending from entry level to C-Suite talent and senior executives across the entire spectrum of demographic, geographic and industry lines. 56.9% of Emirati professionals registered on Bayt.com today are females; 43.1% are males, and the majority group holds a Bachelor’s degree or more.

According to the Bayt.com, “Top Industries in the Middle East and North Africa” Survey (December 2013), the majority of Emirati professionals (55%) choose the government as a favoured employer. This is followed by military, defence and police services (35%), oil, gas and petrochemicals (29%), and banking and finance (27%). The hospitality and tourism and retail industries are favoured by a smaller group of 7% and 3% respectively although bayt.com has seen an upswing in interest to work in these sectors as these sectors have matured and thrived locally to become a world class hub on their own.

From an employer perspective, the latest Bayt.com MENA Job Index Survey (August 2014) revealed that 67% of UAE employers are looking to hire in the next three months; and 74% in a year’s time. The top industries that UAE employers believe will attract and retain top talent in the country are construction and banking and finance, followed closely by oil, gas and petrochemicals. The UAE also still tops the list of the most attractive countries to live and work in the region, followed by Qatar and the KSA. The UAE has always been a very active market from a job supply and jobseeker demand perspective registering some of the highest number of highly attractive job listings in the region across a diverse industry spectrum that includes blue chip multinationals as well as governmental institutions, regional conglomerates and large and small local enterprises.

According to the same survey, when it comes to hiring, UAE employers are looking for good communication skills in English and Arabic (60%), team players (50%), and candidates with good leadership skills (45%). As for experience in demand, the survey indicates that UAE employers are currently primarily searching for candidates with managerial experience (40%), experience in sales and marketing (37%), and experience in administration (30%).

Suhail Al-Masri, VP of Sales, Bayt.com, said: “Our mission at Bayt.com is to connect job seekers at all career levels to top employers in the UAE and the MENA region, from internships to C-suite. We offer our community a trilingual platform to help them find a job in the fastest, easiest and most effective way possible. With over 40,000 employers searching through the CV database, and advertising more than 10,000 vacancies on Bayt.com daily, finding the most relevant job is now easier than ever. In line with this mission of empowering people with the tools and technologies to build their lifestyle of choice, we are constantly present via our social channels and at career fairs across the region to provide free CV help and career advice to job seekers at all career levels. Furthermore, the Bayt.com university roadshow around the UAE and across the region is a key pillar in our CSR program, supplementing our online conversations with actual real live conversations on the ground with university students, employers and academia. For the UAE in particular, Bayt.com has been assisting corporations in the UAE large and small, both local and international, to meet their nationalization targets for the better part of the last decade. Most of the region’s top employers whom we liaise with on a daily basis are already actively mobilized to source, attract and retain top national talent across career levels and job roles and we are very proud to be instrumental in this process at every stage from sourcing to screening talent across all job roles and empowering private and public corporations with their own proprietary career channels to further ease the recruitment process. Across the GCC, Bayt.com’s ever evolving online recruitment platform has facilitated the entire process of meeting nationalization objectives and targets pan-industrially by making it faster, easier and more efficient to source top national talent across career levels. We liaise very closely with each country’s universities and top employers alike to ensure our recruitment platform readily accommodates local recruitment targets from the internship and fresh graduate stage through to mid-management and senior managerial level requirements.”