50% of UAE firms eye new staff in next three months

Bayt.com survey shows hiring expectancy in the UAE more positive than last quarter

Half of all business in the UAE plan to hire new staff in the next three months. (AFP/Getty Images)

Half of all business in the UAE plan to hire new staff in the next three months. (AFP/Getty Images)

Half of all business in the UAE plan to hire new staff in the next three months, according to the latest Job Index survey by Bayt.com and YouGov.

It showed that the UAE's hiring expectancy in the coming months was slightly higher than it was in the fourth quarter of 2011.

Most jobs in the coming three months will be for junior executives in the private sector, the survey added.

Of the 50 percent of UAE companies that say they will 'definitely' or 'probably' hire in the next three months, 44 percent say they will be looking to hire less than five people.

The survey added that the jobs outlook was more positive, with 63 percent of companies saying they will 'definitely' or 'probably' be hiring in a year's time.

Across the Middle East region, good communication skills in both English and Arabic was considered to be the most important skill in a job-seeker, according to 51 percent of respondents.

The top five academic qualifications that are most sought-after by UAE employers are engineering (26 percent), business management (23 percent), commerce (20 percent), administrative (19 percent) and computer science (17 percent), the survey added.

Suhail Masri, vice president of sales, Bayt.com, said: "Employment trends are relatively similar across the region, with roughly a quarter of MENA companies expecting or considering hiring new employees in the coming months, and in a year's time."

Sundip Chahal, CEO of YouGov, added: "Hiring expectancy figures for the next three months and in the next year across are leaning towards the positive, with the private sector's multinational companies hiring the most during this time."

Data for the survey was collected online from January 2-24, with a base of 9,238 respondents from the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Bahrain, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Egypt, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia and Pakistan.

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