Recruitment activity picks up in UAE in October

Monster Employment Index claims annual job growth at 7%

Online recruitment activity has picked up in the UAE after the September lull, according to the latest Monster Employment Index.

The index highlights that the annual job growth is robust at seven per cent in the country with retail/trade and logistics as the leading sector if year-over-year growth rates are taken into account. Education and oil & gas are other two sectors showing considerable growth.

The lowest growth industries in the country include consumer goods/ FMCG, food & packaged food, home appliance, garments/ textiles/ leather, gems & jewellery, healthcare, chemicals/plastic/rubber, paints, fertilizer and pesticides.

Healthcare professionals have registered the most significant growth in demand between October of last year and October 2011. Besides healthcare professionals, other top growth occupations in the country include customer service, purchase/logistics/supply chain.

On the other hand, the lowest growth occupations over the said period are finance and account, HR & administration, software, hardware and telecom.

Geographic year-over-year trends show that online opportunities expanded in six of seven countries in the region over the period of one year.

Saudi Arabia (up 49 per cent) led all the countries in the annual growth rate. Bahrain remained unchanged from September levels (down 11 per cent). Bahrain also recorded the steepest annual decline among countries. Qatar (up 22 per cent) also saw monthly recruitment activity constant at September level. UAE (up 7 per cent) led all sectors in monthly growth. Kuwait (up 15 per cent) registered the first positive month-on-month growth since June’11; up three per cent over September.


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