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eGovernment job bank returns results

Dubai eGovernment claims its online recruitment system, eJob, has attracted over 3,700 CVs since its launch in April 2003.

Dubai eGovernment claims its online recruitment system, eJob, has attracted over 3,700 CVs since its launch in April 2003.

eJob was set-up to advertise vacancies from a range of Dubai government departments. 24 such departments have signed up to date, although Dubai Government describes only 11 of these as "actively interacting with job-seekers". Over the last year a total of 75 job vacancies have been advertised on eJob.

"In keeping with the trend to migrate most services to electronic platforms, we launched eJob to provide a convenient virtual meeting ground for job-seekers," said Salem Al Shair, director eServices, Dubai eGovernment. "eJob eliminates the complexities of job-hunting by bringing job-seekers and employers on one platform, offering unmatched advantages to both sides. Job seekers are assured that their CVs are accessed by all the participating departments. They can also track the progress of their CVs and view all the vacancies posted by different departments. Government departments, on the other hand, are able to access the entire pool of CVs."

Although the 75 vacancies advertised on eJob over the past year is hardly a huge figure by global recruitment site standards (one of the region’s commercial sites for instance, Bayt.com, claims to hold details of more than 500,000 candidates), it constitutes another step towards full eGovernment for the UAE, which in February was ranked the top performer in e-government readiness in the Middle East and Africa in a United Nations report.

In addition to eJob, Dubai Government’s multi-pronged IT strategy includes e4all, an education initiative aimed at enhancing the IT skills of UAE citizens, and eLearn, which offers the International Computer Driving License (ICDL).

According to Dubai based Madar Research Group, the UAE is ahead of most of its neighbours in terms of internet penetration. Last month Madar announced that there are currently around 1.25 million internet users in the UAE, representing 31% of the population. By 2008 however, Madar predicts this figure will have risen to 2.41 million users, roughly 50% of the UAE population, making it the Arab world’s most wired country.

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