The Middle East Job Index recently conducted by Bayt.com, for jobs in the Middle East, in cooperation with YouGov, the market research organization, revealed that the positions of Sales Manager (18%), Receptionist (16%) and Customer Service Officer (14%) top List of jobs that employers are looking for in the country during the next three months.
Interestingly, most companies in the UAE are looking for good communication skills in both English and Arabic (55%) and the ability to work in a team (41%). The Business Consulting / Business Administration / Management Consulting (58%), Healthcare / Medical Services and Oil / Gas / Petrochemicals (both at 55%) sectors showed the highest employability across the MENA region over the next three months.
The most attractive sectors
Healthcare / Medical Services (32%), Information Technology / Internet / E-commerce and Oil / Gas / Petrochemicals (both 23%) emerged as the most attractive sectors in the UAE.
On the other hand, the health care / medical services sector emerged as the most attractive to local talent (28%), followed by the oil / gas / petrochemical sector (27%). On the other hand, the real estate / construction / real estate development sectors (25%) and banking / financial services (24%) are the most attractive for fresh graduates.
As for the female competencies, the sectors of health care / general medical services and hospitality / entertainment (both 37%), and advertising / marketing / public relations (33%) emerged as the most attractive to them.
The majority of UAE companies will create jobs for entry-level positions, with the demand for the junior executive (38%), followed by the director (36%) and the coordinator (26%). Sales manager (18%), receptionist (16%) and customer service officer (14%) are the most in-demand roles across the country.
The Business Consulting / Business Administration / Management Consulting sector (81%) topped the list of sectors with the highest potential for employment across the region in the long term as well (within the next year), followed by the IT / Internet / E-commerce sector (68%) and FMCG / FGM. Trading (66%).
Commenting on the survey, Ola Haddad, Managing Director of Human Resources at Bayt.com, said: “The Job Opportunities Index gives us the ability to track employment trends and the skills required by companies in the region twice a year.” She added:
“As a result of the Corona crisis, the Middle East and North Africa region is witnessing continuous changes and developments, which affect the required jobs and skills, in addition to factors that contribute to attracting and retaining talent.”
Skills and qualifications
Good communication skills in both English and Arabic (55%), followed by the ability to work within a team (41%), and willingness to accept new challenges (40%) emerged as the most sought-after skills in the Emirates.
A third of employers (33%) in the country said they are looking for candidates with managerial experience (the ability to manage a team), while 31% are looking for candidates with experience in selling and marketing, while 30% said they are looking for candidates with moderate managerial experience. (3 to 7 years). Certificates of Business Administration (30%), Engineering (25%) and Information Technology (16%) are the most sought-after academic qualifications by employers in the UAE.
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