Majority of UAE employers 'plan to hire in three months'

36 percent of respondents intend to fill at least five job roles, survey claims
By Sarah Townsend
Sun 27 Aug 2017 04:23 PM

Just over half (51 percent) of UAE employers intend to recruit new staff within the next three months, according to the latest Bayt.com and YouGov employment survey.

A third (36 percent) of those planning to hire in the UAE within three months are looking to hire for more than five job roles, the survey added.

It found that, of those companies plan to hire in the short term, more than three in eight (38 percent) are looking for ‘junior executives’, 30 percent plan to hire ‘coordinator’, and 25 percent intend to hire ‘managers’ – either one or more of each.

When it comes to specific roles, 27 percent of UAE employers in the UAE said they are looking to hire a ‘sales executive’, while another 18 percent are planning to hire an ‘administrative assistant’.

Looking longer term, the survey showed that 69 percent of UAE-based respondents said they wanted to hire new staff in the coming year.

In the entire GCC, almost half (48 percent) of all employers surveyed said they were planning to hire within the next three months, while 64 said they would aim to hire in the next year.

Bayt.com said the survey results suggested the job market was gaining in strength after a turbulent last two years.

Suhail Masri, vice-president of employer solutions at Bayt.com, said: “In the UAE, the hiring forecast shows a continuation of a strong job market, with nearly seven in 10 UAE employers planning to hire within the next year and more than one in two planning to hire within three months.

“We have also seen that more than a third (36 percent) of those planning to hire in the UAE within three months are looking to hire for more than five job roles. At Bayt.com, these findings come as no surprise to us: there are more than 10,000 jobs posted on Bayt.com on any given day, nearly 3,000 of which are UAE-based.”

Bayt.com and YouGov collected data online between May 19 and July 19 2017. There were a total of 1,474 across the Middle East and North Africa region.

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