Dubai: Despite the uncertainty in the global economy, companies in the UAE are still hiring new staff, with thousands of jobs offered in just one year alone, according to a professional network company.
LinkedIn, a network of three million registered professionals in the UAE said its initial mapping results showed that at least 16,000 vacancies were offered to jobseekers in the country in the past year.
It’s not clear what percentage of the advertised jobs has yet to be filled to date, or whether there has been an increase in hiring this year compared to a year earlier.
"This is the first time LinkedIn has carried out a research of this form, so we wouldn't have data to compare with last year," said Ali Matar, head of LinkedIn talent solutions, growth markets, Southern Europe, Middle East and North Africa, in response to Gulf News' query via email.
But LinkedIn’s data showed that tech skills are currently in demand among employers in the UAE. Six of the top ten skills listed by LinkedIn are in the tech industry. Statistical analysis and data mining are also topping the rankings.
Among the core skills being sought after, robotics, data science, 3D printing and Internet of Things are also in demand. LinkedIn said that candidates holding “big data certification” have more edge compared to their peers.
“Currently, UAE is number 16 globally in having the highest number of 3D printing and design talent. Over 60 per cent of 3D talent professionals work for local UAE companies,” said LinkedIn.
Established local companies appear to be hiring the most in UAE, with more than half (58 per cent) of the UAE-based workforce now employed by such organisations, including small and medium enterprises and startups. The rest of the employed professionals in the country are currently working for companies based in the United States, India and Europe.
Among those who employ the most UAE residents, those in professional services topped the list, accounting for 16 per cent of the employees. Companies in the architecture and engineering sector (14 per cent), as well as financial services (10 per cent), retail and insurance (10 per cent), aero/auto/transport (8 per cent) and oil and energy (8 per cent) also dominated the list.
Industry experts have said that job hiring in the UAE remained generally weak, with online recruitment activity posting a significant decline in September.
“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 Monster.com Asia Pacific and Middle East.
Among the businesses they monitored in the UAE, only those in consumer goods, food, home appliance, textiles, leather, gems and jewellery recorded an increase in online recruitment.
The hospitality industry registered the biggest drop in hiring. Online recruitment activity also fell in other sectors like engineering, construction and real estate, oil and gas, IT and telecom/ISPand chemicals, plastics, rubber, paints and fertilizer/pesticides industries.
Among the jobseekers, finance and accounting professionals witnessed the biggest drop in hiring, while job offers also declined among HR and administration professionals. Postings for customer service positions, as well as software, hardware and telecom roles also declined.
The UAE Economic Graph was drawn from LinkedIn’s huge professional database. The research, done in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, also seeks to equip students with the information they need to learn the “skills of the future.”
“The findings from the Economic Graph will aid students in deciding which qualifications they need in order to make them more employable.”
In terms of college degrees, civil engineering, business management and computer science are popular among undergraduates in the UAE. Among postgraduate students, the most popular ones are industrial engineering, business management and computer science.
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