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Tight UAE job market means lower salaries - survey

Hiring rates remain fragile as firms find it difficult to gauge future health of economy.

Tight UAE job market means lower salaries - survey
IMPROVEMENT: Abu Dhabi’s ongoing investment in infrastructure means there is increased demand for project managers.

UAE employers are taking advantage of increased competition for jobs by offering lower salaries and promoting more applicants internally, according to the results of a new survey.

And while there are signs of improvement from the job market in the Emirates, there remains “fragility” as firms find it difficult to gauge the future health of the global economy, according to the report by global job search platform Big Daw.

The survey, which interviewed a series of recruitment agents in the UAE and UK, found that Westerners still remained interested in coming to work in the Emirates.

It also found that Abu Dhabi’s ongoing investment in infrastructure meant there was increased demand for project managers, construction managers, MEP managers, IT professionals and bankers.

According to a survey by Insight Discovery and Pink Slip Dubai, which was cited in the report, 64 percent of the 92 HR professionals, recruiters and headhunters polled in the UAE reported that they have seen an improvement in the employment market in 2010 compared to 2009.

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