UAE online hiring surges in H1 amid gov't initiatives

Recruitment giant Monster says online jobs in the UAE increase by 14% during the first half of 2018
UAE online hiring surges in H1 amid gov't initiatives
By Sam Bridge
Fri 10 Aug 2018 12:40 AM

The UAE has registered a 14 percent increase in online hiring in the first half of 2018, in line with recent government initiatives aiming to accelerate progress on National Agenda goals, according to the latest Monster Employment Index (MEI).

Occupations within software, hardware and telecom registered a surge of 14 percent as Monster said it is seeing an increase in demand for more skilled talent across a number of sectors.

Other industries contributing to the first half growth of the UAE market included consumer goods, production and manufacturing, and financial services, registering increases of 14, 12 and 9 percent respectively.

Monster said the UAE’s growth in job vacancies was second only to Bahrain (16 percent) in the first six months of 2018, while Egypt was the only other country to register growth.

Qatar registered the highest decline at 7 percent from the same period last year, it added.

Abhijeet Mukherjee, CEO,, APAC & Middle East, said: “The latest findings of our MEI is a reflection of the strong first half performance of the UAE market since the launch of key government initiatives.

"The National Agenda aims to diversify the country’s economy and position the UAE as a preferred hub for global business and trade. As a result, we are seeing a demand for more skilled talent across sectors. This demand is for both expatriate and local talent in the private sector as companies embrace Emiratization efforts and strive to keep up with the nation’s progress rate.”

He added: “It is not surprising to see that the telecom industry is spearheading the recent transformation of the UAE. Technology is an integral part of Vision 2021, and the smart initiatives launched by the UAE continue to fuel hiring in the sector. Initiatives like Dubai Future Foundation’s ‘One Million Arab Coders’ programme, which helps Arab youth acquire the skills needed for jobs in the IT sector, will shape the future of the industry. It will be interesting to see how jobs in this sector will transform in the coming years."

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