A recent report conducted by Informa Exhibitions and The Talent Enterprise unveiled that the projected number of new employees to be hired in the GCC in the next twelve months is set to reach 421,250, based on responses just from the survey alone.
Out of the 1,251 organisations surveyed, healthcare, construction and hospitality are the industries leading the way in terms of an expected increase in headcount as they have been traditionally dependant on expatriate labour as a major source of employment.
The Northern Emirates, along with Abu Dhabi, are among the top four areas within the GCC witnessing a high level of projected employments in the year to come, standing at 619 and 519 respectively per organisation. The Abu Dhabi government is accelerating regulatory amendments to support Emiratisation, reducing their historic reliance on foreign workers, and are conflicted over the best way to enforce this within the private sector, with some calling for penalties against companies that fail to employ enough Emiratis and others seeking measures such as incentives and awards.
The survey also revealed that 72 per cent of employers believe that it is relatively easy to source entry level candidates who are becoming one of the most critical sources of talent for organisations across the region who are factoring in both the quality, and availability, of entry-level candidates to support their ambitious growth plans. The feedback on quality of entry-level graduates remains mixed, and there is clearly a lot to be done in fostering work readiness and building critical employability skills to prepare the younger generation for the workplace.
This is set to be one of the main focal points at the upcoming Tawdheef Career Fair, which takes place from 2-4 February 2015 at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, as the show became for the first time ever last year exclusively for UAE Nationals, based on the growing number of Emiratis visiting the show each year.
“We had over 12,000 UAE National job-seekers attend Tawdheef in 2014, and the feedback that we received from employers at the show is that they wanted to take this unique opportunity to spend more quality time assessing Emirati job applicants on-site, so that they can make the best recruitment decisions in line with their Emiratisation policies,” said Hayete Jemai, Exhibition Director of Tawdheef. “We will also be integrating the HR Emiratisation Summit into the show this year, and will be running the sessions directly from the show floor. Emiratisation pioneers and advocates will be addressing the challenges facing the industry in real-life case studies, interactive panel discussions and roundtables,” added Jemai.
Now in its ninth edition, Tawdheef boasts an exhibitor profile line-up covering a vast range of government and private organisations from sectors including finance, recruitment, oil and gas, retail, telecommunications, IT, media, transport and logistics, industrial and manufacturing, investment, defense and security, and health and insurance.
The three-day event is held under the patronage of H.E. Sheikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, UAE Minister of Culture, Youth & Community Development and supported by Titanium sponsors National Bank of Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi Police GHQ, SENAAT – General Holding Corporation, Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank and Gold sponsors Abu Dhabi National Oil Company, Department of Municipal Affairs and Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority, all of which will have current job openings and long-term career opportunities to offer Emiratis.