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17 Apr 2019

UAE sees spike in job postings amid Emiratisation push

Arabian Business
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Online job postings in the UAE registered a 42 percent jump in the first quarter of 2019 compared to the year earlier period.

According to the latest Monster Employment Index (MEI), the growth in online recruitment across the UAE comes amid strong pushes for Emiratisation from both the public and private sector.

The UAE has also been an active business hub for entrepreneurs and international investors throughout Q1 with 2,459 new licences issued in March alone in Dubai, compared to 1,816 licenses issued in March 2018. These new licenses created an additional 9,661 jobs in the UAE.

The education industry recorded the highest growth with 21 percent increase in online recruitment, followed by the production (including manufacturing, automotive and ancillary) industry at 15 percent.

The most sought-after occupations in the online space in the UAE were those in HR and administration at 38 percent growth, closely followed by finance and accounting at 36 percent from the same period last year.

The UAE led regional growth among the countries monitored by the MEI, followed by Saudi Arabia at 17 percent and Bahrain at 12 percent. Oman was the only nation to show slight regression in online hiring with a 3 percent decline compared to Q1 2018.

In 2018, the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation created 20,225 jobs for Emirati citizens compared to 6,862 the previous year, in line with the National Employment Agenda and Emiratization Acceleration programs.

Several organisations in the private sector have also played a pivotal role in Emiratization efforts by organising career fairs aimed at UAE nationals and offering exclusive career development programs.

Abhijeet Mukherjee, CEO, Monster.com, APAC & Middle East, said: “The UAE has had a strong start to the year with remarkable growth in the overall number of online job postings.

"This growth is a direct result of the efforts to position the UAE as a global business hub and integrate more UAE citizens in the workforce.

"The government has put in place plans to make the private sector more appealing for national talent, including the consolidation of public sector and private sector holidays, and with recently announced plans to create 30,000 more jobs for Emiratis in the private sector this year, the recruitment market will be further stimulated.

"Such initiatives are a great way to ensure sustainable growth in the economy which is a key objective for the UAE. With these developments, there are exciting times ahead, especially for local talent in the UAE private sector.”

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