The UAE’s job market is expected to experience a hiring spree in the first quarter of 2023, with employers in the commerce, trade, and retail sectors leading the way. According to a survey conducted by Bayt.com and YouGov, sales and marketing executives are the most in-demand roles that UAE employers plan to recruit in the next three months. The survey polled 1,014 people from countries including the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Lebanon, and Jordan between November 30 and January 18.
About 87% of companies in the UAE’s commerce, trade, and retail sector plan to go on a hiring spree this year, making it the top industry in terms of recruitment potential. This is followed by the business consultancy and management sector, where 85% of companies plan to hire new talent, and the oil, gas, and petrochemicals sector, with 76% of employers saying they intend to expand their workforce in the first quarter of this year, the survey found.
The strong recovery of the UAE job market from the coronavirus-induced slowdown is boosted by the government’s fiscal and monetary measures. In October, a separate study by Bayt.com and YouGov found that 86% of working professionals in the UAE had a positive career outlook for 2023. Business management, computer science, and information technology are the most sought-after academic qualifications among employers in the UAE, the latest survey found.
Real estate, construction, and property development emerged as the industry that attracts or retains top talent in the UAE, followed by IT, internet, and e-commerce, and the banking and finance sectors. Banking and finance were found to be the main sectors attracting Emirati talent, the research showed.
The survey’s findings come as good news for job seekers in the UAE who are looking to advance their careers or switch to a new industry. The high demand for sales and marketing executives indicates that businesses in the UAE are looking to expand their customer base and boost sales, which could lead to better opportunities for growth and development.
Moreover, the demand for professionals in the business consultancy and management sector is indicative of a growing trend among companies to improve their operations and management practices, which could lead to more streamlined processes and increased profitability.
The survey’s findings also highlight the importance of education and skills development in the UAE job market. With business management, computer science, and information technology being the most sought-after academic qualifications, job seekers looking to advance their careers in these industries should consider pursuing further education or acquiring relevant certifications to enhance their skills and stay competitive in the job market.
The UAE job market is experiencing a positive trend in the first quarter of 2023, with employers in various sectors planning to expand their workforce. With the right skills and education, job seekers in the UAE have a good chance of landing high-paying jobs and advancing their careers.
About 67 per cent of UAE employers plan to hire new employees this year, according to Bayt.com.
Nearly half of employers surveyed demand good communication skills in Arabic and English when hiring candidates, followed by 43 per cent of companies that seek the ability to work under pressure and 42 per cent look for teamwork skills.