UAE hiring up in several sectors: Here’s where to apply

Sectors such as oil & gas, sales & marketing, finance, IT, engineering, telecoms, hospitality & leisure, etc are all resilient, say experts

Today's job market is not that easy and majority of job-seekers wonder: where are all the good jobs? Job opportunities are up across the board on 2010 and 2009 numbers but still 40 per cent down on 2011 for the same time of year, according to Morgan McKinley.

However, that doesn’t mean that the market is lull. You just need to know where to look. Emirates24|7 has scanned major job portals for you to check where exactly all the jobs are.
Moreover, our recruitment experts tell us precisely where we can spot the maximum number of openings in the market.
Trefor Murphy, Managing Director at Morgan McKinley believes: “Oil & gas will be a good sector in the coming year. Construction is picking up in Abu Dhabi and Dubai. Regional and local banks will have a good year ahead and international banks will be catching up.”
“Dubai is set to grow . We should look at sales & marketing, procurement and finance roles to increase,” he added while commenting specifically on Dubai.
Experts believe that the market is a reflection of the number of vacancies posted on job portals.
“Over 11,000 jobs are advertised on an average day on [our website] which is a healthy and robust increase from last year,” said Lama Ataya, CMO, “It is worth bearing in mind that the industries that are still perceived to be attracting/retaining the top talent in the UAE are: banking/finance (34 per cent), oil, gas and petrochemicals (32 per cent) and telecommunications (27 per cent),” she added.
According to openings on job listings site,, vacancies in sales, engineering, finance and IT look robust. These sectors show more listings as compared to sectors like HR and healthcare.
The September 2012 Monster Employment Index Middle East, UAE registered a robust annual growth of 27 per cent year-over-year. The index is a monthly gauge of online job posting activity. Of all the sector monitored by the website, production/manufacturing, automotive and ancillary (up 33 per cent) recorded the most notable growth in online opportunities over the year, whereas, sales and BD (up 29 per cent) led in annual growth among the occupation groups.
As per estimates, business environment in the country continues to be robust and the portal predicts a positive hiring sentiment in the core sectors of oil & gas, construction and hospitality.
Toby Simpson, Managing Director at The Gulf Recruitment Group believes that sectors which had suffered during the downturn are showing a marked improvement this year, adding to the number of jobs available in the country (based on the figures of the first half of this year).
“Surprisingly, the hospitality and leisure sectors have shown remarkable resilience, and even growth in the face of global economic uncertainty and much credit must go to the proactive nature of Abu Dhabi and Dubai governmental tourism agencies. Construction and engineering consultancy have also shown growth, although largely due to projects outside the UAE and consumer driven industries such as pharmaceuticals and consumer goods have continued to prosper,” he recently told this website.
Realty, one of the most battered sectors during the downturn also looks promising. Senior hiring is picking up once again in Dubai’s real estate sector, as several large Dubai developers and government institutions are scouting for candidates for senior positions, according to Macdonald & Company, a property recruitment specialist.
“It seems that there is a real willingness to look forward, plan and budget for new staff appointments,” reads the company report but unlike the past, employers are being very selective in picking up the right people are looking at recruiting people from outside the region again. Selective Abu Dhabi developers are also active in hiring, added the report.


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