UAE is hiring again

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Around 78% of UAE employers are planning to hire in the next three months, according to new research from and YouGov, as reported by Arabian Business (AB).

More than six in 10 UAE employers plan to fill up to 10 different jobs with new hires, while the remaining companies will hire for 11 to 20 jobs (6%), 21 to 50 jobs (8%) or over 51 jobs (12%).

“Across the region, 73% of employers said they plan to make hires in the next three months, a number which rises to 76% among multinational companies and SMEs,” AB reported.

“In the UAE, the majority of companies said they will be hiring junior and mid-career positions, with the most requirement being for junior executives (44%), followed by managers (35%),  senior executives (33%) and coordinators (33%). Of the total, 35% of companies said they are looking to hire C-Suite or managing director position.

But what about Emiratization?

The Ministry of Emiratisation and Human Resources recently announced plans to activate Article 14 of the labor law, which states that a non-UAE national should be given approval for employment only when an unemployed national suitable for the position cannot be found.

Minister Nasser Al Hamli said 400 selected professions in 2,000 private establishments will now have to give priority to Emiratis when recruiting.

According to Berry Appleman & Leiden (BAL), a leading corporate immigration law firm, the UAE is planning an “Emiratization” program in 3 key industries: Communications, construction and real estate, and transport.

“The three sectors constitute nearly 30 percent of the country’s gross domestic product and the Ministry of Human Resources plans to promote the hiring of Emiratis in 300,000 jobs,” said BAL.


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