More than half of employers in the UAE are likely to hire staff afresh within the next three months, according to a survey.
Over 51% of employers surveyed in the UAE between May and July are planning to hire staff over the next three months, compared with 48% across the wider Gulf region, according to a survey by jobs site Bayt.com.
Hiring intentions outside of the Gulf are generally higher than within, with 51% of employers in Egypt and the rest of North Africa, and the same percentage in the Levant saying they will hire during the third quarter, according to Bayt.com’s latest Middle East Job Index Survey carried out alongside research firm YouGov.
The study found that 69% of companies in the UAE are planning to hire staff over the next 12 months, compared to a Gulf region average of 64%.
The industries in which most firms said they are hiring are marketing/advertising/public relations, banking/finance, consumer goods, hospitality/entertainment and IT/ecommerce.
In the UAE, the hiring forecast shows a continuation of a strong job market, said Suhail Masri, vice president of employer solutions at Bayt.com.
More than a third (36%) of those planning to hire in the UAE within three months are looking to hire for more than five job roles, Masri said.
According to the survey, more than two-thirds of respondents in the UAE feel their country of residence is a more attractive job market than other MENA countries.
Recruitment activity in the UAE and across MENA is beginning to gain momentum after a lull in 2016, according to data released by Bayt.com previously.
Companies in the region have offered thousands of employment opportunities during the first quarter of the year — more than 32,600 fresh positions for jobseekers were advertised between January and March 2017, it said.
The actual numbers are expected to be higher, as the recent data doesn’t take into account the postings made daily through the portal’s CV search tool, Bayt said.
The MENA region faces a growing gap between young jobseekers’ skills and the roles available to them, according to a recent report by INSEAD Business School, Google and think tank the Center for Economic Growth.
While the new generation is well educated and ambitious, there is a shortage of jobs in the market that match their skills, the report said.
From a demographic point of view, the MENA region is younger than the rest of the world, which is both a blessing and a challenge.
On one hand, there is energy, creativity and ambition in the new generation; on the other hand creating enough jobs for them is an urgent necessity, the report said.