Hiring in the UAE looks positive this year, so job seekers can expect more vacancies. However, it pays to know which sectors are looking for new talent. Image Credit: Thinkstock

Dubai:  The job market may not be in its best shape, but if you’re looking to make a switch or just kick-starting your career in UAE, you have more chances of landing a new role if you know where to look.

A new study by professional networking platform LinkedIn suggests that job hunters may have higher chances of finding a vacancy in retail and hospitality.

This may be good news for professionals with experience in hotels, restaurants and malls, as the two sectors aren't just the fastest growing, they post the biggest increase in hiring this year.

Another top industry to look into is the hospital and health care sector, as well as marketing and advertising. Jobseekers are also likely to get hired in construction and engineering companies, as well as in schools, airlines and IT companies.

According to Ali Matar, head of LinkedIn Middle East and North Africa, these industries have been doing well over the past 15 years and offering the most hiring at the same time.

Top 10 UAE industries hiring in 2018:

2. Hospitality
3. Hospital and health care
4. Food and beverages
5. Marketing and advertising
6. Civil engineering
7. Construction
8. Education management
9. Airlines/aviation
10. Information technology and services

“UAE is spearheading these industries through innovation and has established itself as a global industry hub,” Ali Matar told Gulf News.

“A strengthening economy lies at the heart of this industry growth, and with the best international and local talent working in the UAE and bringing creativity and innovation to the table, the reason behind this success is clear.”

Positions in demand

When it comes to positions in demand, among the most popular this year are accountants, sales executives and project engineers, among others. The trend has not changed so much compared to more than a decade ago, as these same roles were also among the top ten jobs in 2003.

Top ten jobs in 2018:

2. Project manager
3. Owner
4. Sales executive
5. Accountant
6. Managing director
7. Project engineer
8. Sales manager
9. General manager
10. Supervisor