UAE jobs: Hiring to pick up in 2017

Dubai: Job hiring in the UAE remained generally weak, with vacancies posted online registering a significant decline in September compared to a year earlier, the latest employment index showed.

However, recruitment specialists forecast an increase in hiring outlook next year. They said that a number of projects currently in the pipeline, including those slated for Expo 2020, will soon open up opportunities for jobseekers in the UAE.
As of September, hiring by companies in engineering, construction and real estate; hospitality; oil and gas; information and technology, telecommunications and chemicals posted negative growth.
Among the professionals seeing a reduction in job postings are those with background and qualifications in finance and accounting; human resources and administration; customer service; software, hardware and telecommunications, as well as marketing and communications.
“Jobseekers in the UAE have been facing difficulty finding relevant employment opportunities online over the past few months, as companies reduce their hiring activity in light of the current economic difficulties being faced,” said Sanjay Modi, managing director at Asia Pacific and Middle East.
Recruitment activity also declined in other countries in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region, with Qatar posting a drop of 25 per cent, Kuwait 22 per cent, and Saudi Arabia 5 per cent. Oman and Bahrain are the only two states in the GCC that have shown an increase in online hiring at 4 per cent and 2 per cent, respectively.
Among the businesses monitored in the UAE, only those in consumer goods, food, home appliance, textiles, leather, gems and jewellery recorded an increase in online recruitment.