UAE's healthcare hiring still strong despite overall jobs slump

Latest data from recruitment firm Monster shows buoyant healthcare jobs market; bucks downward trend

Demand for healthcare professionals in the UAE increased by 12 percent in July as the country sets out ambitious targets as part of its Vision 2021 strategy, recruitment firm Monster has said.

The Monster Employment Index showed double-digit growth last month compared to the same period last year as the UAE government continues to invest heavily in the healthcare industry.

Investments have taken shape in various forms from introducing the latest in technology, to advancing medical institutes and developing a number of new medical facilities, Monster said in a statement.

The demand for healthcare staff came despite a 22 percent annual dip in overall UAE job opportunities listed online in July, the Index revealed.

From the GCC countries analysed, the latest Index data showed that Bahrain, Kuwait and Oman were the only nations to register year-on-year growth in July with an 11 percent increase in online recruitment activity observed in Bahrain, followed by 10 percent in Kuwait and Oman.

"Amid an uncertain employment landscape in the UAE, healthcare continues to demonstrate strong demand for medical professionals, and with exciting plans ahead in the industry, opportunities are bound to arise across other sectors as well including construction, technology and education which will be needed to support these initiatives," said Sanjay Modi, managing director - APAC and Middle East, Monster.com.

Recent developments in the field include the construction of a number of new international hospitals being built across the emirates, a $2 billion project to establish a modern medical university by 2017, and the implementation of high-tech sensors, biometric readers and even robots that are helping medical staff perform more effectively and efficiently.

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