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Most UAE employers plan to hire in next three months

Bayt.com and YouGov poll suggests GCC recruitment market is recovering

Most UAE employers plan to hire in next three months

More than two-thirds of UAE employers intend to hire new staff within the next three months, a survey suggests.

The latest Middle East Job Index survey by recruiter Bayt.com and YouGov shows that 67 percent of UAE employers intend to hire, indicating that the jobs market is picking up.

Private sector companies have the highest intention of hiring, with 70 percent of multinational companies, 69 percent of large local companies and 63 percent of small or medium-sized local companies saying they are ‘definitely’ or ‘probably’ hiring, according to the poll.

Over a third (35 percent) of UAE companies hiring in the next three months are looking to fill entry-level positions, with 13 percent looking to fill mid-career positions with no managerial responsibilities, the survey said. A majority (62 percent) said they would be hiring for a maximum of 10 jobs.

Across the whole of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), 65 percent of employers said they intend to hire over the next three months, with the banking and finance industry displaying the highest intention to hire (74 percent), followed by hospitality, recreation and entertainment (73 percent) and telecommunications (71 percent).

Across the region, government and civil service have the lowest intention to hire (58 percent).

Looking longer term, 82 percent of UAE-based respondents said they intend to hire in a year’s time. Private sector companies again have the highest longer term hiring intentions, according to the survey, with 77 percent of multinational and large local companies, and 74 percent of small or medium local companies, saying they are ‘definitely hiring’ or ‘probably hiring’.

Suhail Masri, vice-president of employer solutions at Bayt.com, said: “The Middle East’s hiring outlook is looking quite positive, with 64 percent of employed respondents planning to hire in the next three months; 40 percent of whom will be hiring for up to five jobs.

“At Bayt.com, there are currently more than 10,000 jobs posted on the website on any given day, giving job seekers the opportunity to find jobs.”

Data was collected online between June 15 and August 16 2016 with 2,001 online interviews conducted with respondents from the UAE, KSA, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman, Bahrain, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Algeria, Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia and Pakistan.

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jack sparrow 3 years ago

Trying to hold on till the last breath before the brain drain hits its peak.....ppl need stronger data to back up the claims made by the relevant authorities.

We all wish the best for the ME specifically the UAE but in the last couple of months, I know half of the contacts in my circle with high net worth who have decided to take the leap to prosperous countries....with little hesitation granted.

Ehab Fahmy 3 years ago

thanks guys for the effort you spent on those statistics. It shows me a lot of numbers and figures related to different industries, business plans, hiring process, jobs marketing, that was so organised and helpful for me and anyone looking for jobs or interested to know more about the jobs marketing in the middle east.

Wish you all the best.