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Revealed: Most sought-after vacancies and skills by UAE employers

The top roles that UAE employers are hiring for in the coming quarter include sales manager, sales executive and marketing executive

Revealed: Most sought-after vacancies and skills by UAE employers
Business management (24 percent) and engineering (24 percent) are the most sought-after academic qualifications amongst employers in the UAE.

Communication skills, being a team player, personality and the ability to work under pressure are the most desirable employee skills in the UAE.

That’s according to a recent survey of almost 2,000 local employers from Middle East job site Bayt.com.

When it comes to skill sets in the UAE, good communication skills in both English and Arabic are highly sought after.

Business management (24 percent) and engineering (24 percent) are the most sought-after academic qualifications amongst employers in the UAE, followed by commerce (19 percent) and science (19 percent) qualifications.

The top roles that UAE employers are hiring for in the coming quarter include sales manager (30 percent), sales executive (28 percent) and marketing executive (21 percent).

Other top vacancy positions include director and customer service representative (19 percent) as well as marketing manager, project manager, HR professional, PR specialist, and HR manager (all at 16 percent).

Zafer Shah, research director at YouGov, said: “The Bayt.com Middle East Job Index Survey for August 2019 illustrates the job market from employers’ perspectives, helping candidates gain an understanding of the current state of the employment sphere in the region. This helps them determine their position in the current job market.”

More than half of employees expect to receive a pay rise in 2019, with 17 percent expecting a raise of up to 10 percent, according to a joint survey from Bayt.com and YouGov.

According to the survey’s findings in May, 61 percent of respondents said that their current salary package consists solely of basic salary with benefits, with 23 percent saying it is only basic salary. 

More than half – 56 percent – of UAE respondents said they’d been working in their current industry for up to six years, while another 23 percent said they’d worked in their industry for 10 years or more.