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23 February 2024

Temporary jobs to soar in UAE

By Shuchita Kapur

Temporary jobs will become an important part of the UAE workforce from now until the end of this decade, as the country prepares to host the World Expo 2020 in Dubai.

Staffing and recruiting experts predict that an increasing number of companies will rely on contract or temporary employees to meet the demand of the workload.

Of the 200,000 plus jobs that Expo 2020 is expected to create over the next five years, most of them will be contract based.

According to ManpowerGroup Middle East, these [200,000] jobs will mostly account for temporary positions and contract staffing, a sure trend in the run-up to the Expo.

“Contract staffing in the UAE will become a trend over the next six years proving to be a far more viable option than the alternative,” said Simon Matthews, Managing Director, ManpowerGroup Thailand, Vietnam and Middle East.

“As industries such as construction, infrastructure, real estate, hospitality, travel and tourism gear up for the coming years they will look at investing in outsourcing  solutions that are cost-effective and efficient.”

With the increase in jobs, the Expo will add at least 1.5 per cent to Dubai’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth over the next six years.

According to the staffing firm, a large proportion of positions opening over the next six years in the UAE will be white-collar professional roles.

“We see more positions opening for professionals in thriving industries leading up to Expo 2020.

“There will be an influx of specialised projects requiring specialised skills and expertise leading to a demand in industry professionals and also forcing companies to seek temporary staff for this period.”

And, such jobs will make sense for many who are looking at employment.

Getting a temporary job can be less complicated than a full time placement and gives the candidate a chance to test out different industries.

For those who are not looking at long-term placements, these temporary or contract jobs may be the answer.

It works for both, employers and employees, as they have the flexibility to part ways soon if things don’t work out. But, if both parties are happy with the other it can lead to fulltime and repeat employment.