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Bahrain, Oman offer hope as GCC online jobs market slumps

Bahrain and Oman buck downward trend as economic slowdown in region continues to bite, says Monster

Bahrain, Oman offer hope as GCC online jobs market slumps

Bahrain and Oman are the only Gulf countries to show year-on-year growth in the number of job opportunities listed online as the region's economic slowdown continues, according to a new report by Monster.

The Monster Employment Index (MEI) showed e-recruitment activity rose by 14 percent and 8 percent in Bahrain and Oman respectively in August compared to the year earlier period.

But other countries in the Gulf saw declines with Qatar registering the worst annual fall in job opportunities of 46 percent.

Saudi Arabia posted a two percent fall year-on-year despite seeing the number of jobs posted increase since the previous month, said Monster. (down two per cent) registered a positive monthly growth.

The company also said e-recruitment activity in UAE was down 24 percent compared to August 2015, continuing a downward trend that has seen a 31 percent drop in available online opportunities in the past six months.

Online hiring activity in Kuwait slipped 18 percent, the survey also showed.

Monster said that as the UAE continues its diversification drive from an oil based economy, engineering and production professionals were the only professions to register growth in August.

“It not surprising that the demand for engineering and production talent is increasing as these workers will play a large role in developing the infrastructure for strategic government investments like the Clean Energy Plan 2050 aiming at generating up to 75 per cent of energy needs from renewable sources by 2050,” said Sanjay Modi, managing director, Monster.com, APAC & Middle East.

“This has become particularly visible in the Dubai education sector where the country’s move towards new energy supply is made possible through the 'Dubai Solar Schools' initiative – a programme which aims to transform 100 schools and universities into so-called solar schools.”

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Telcoguy 3 years ago

Funny how earlier we were reading about a very high percentage of companies claiming to be interested.
Maybe some readers should make an effort and realize that there are two different things here:
-What people claim they want to do, i.e., it is free
-What people do when money is involved, i.e., it is not free

Oh well.