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Dubai:  Engineers, accountants and sales executives are just among the top skills in high demand in UAE today, as new real estate developments continue to pop up and businesses look to stay competitive.

The latest vacancies featured on Gulf News’ getthat.com showed that there are high levels of recruitment for candidates with engineering, accounting and sales qualifications. There is also a significant demand for customer and healthcare services staff, as well as information technology professionals.

Over the last few days, companies in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, Ajman,  Ras Al Khaimah and  Umm Al Quwain posted an additional  2,523 vacancies on the listings site, slightly up from 2,241 postings more than a week ago.

Hiring for civil, mechanical and electrical engineers; foremen, draftsmen and crane operators tend to dominate the lists of in-demand jobs. Sales executives, outdoor salesmen and in-store sales ladies are also highly sought after.

There are also plenty of opportunities for those who can work as a receptionist, secretary, administrator and office assistant.

Gareth El Mettouri, associate director at Robert Half UAE, said that as companies today are looking  for ways to prop up  revenues and stay ahead of the pack,  opportunities continue to open up for jobseekers.

“We are seeing businesses eager to explore options that will support their growth in revenues and competitive advantage, and are turning to their finance departments to support them in finding these opportunities,” El Mettouri told Gulf News.

The introduction of value-added tax (VAT) is likewise fueling recruitment for accountants, financial modellers and finance business partners across real estate and development, fast-moving consumer goods and logistics industries.

“With the impending introduction of VAT tax within the region, we are seeing a rise in demand for tax accountants, financial modellers and finance business partners,” El Mettouri said.

And as employers also look to reinvent their businesses for the digital world, tech professionals will certainly find opportunities across a vast spectrum.

“Digital transformation also continues to be an area of opportunity for technology professionals. Businesses are looking at opportunities to move their customer service online and streamline their e-commerce offerings to tap into new markets. Roles requiring expertise in coding, business intelligence and data analytics are growing in demand.”

Within the financial services market, El Mettouri added, companies focus on revenue generation and winning new business, so positions within front-office are also dominating hiring requirements.

“The positions within front-office are still in demand for professionals who are able to bring strong local networks and expertise to the role. Governance and compliance continues to play an increasingly important role within the region.”

5 most popular jobs this week:

1. Engineers

2. Sales executives

3. Administrative staff

4. Accountants

5. Customer service staff