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UAE Jobs on the Increase as Projects Get Underway
By: Marketwired .
Feb. 21, 2013 01:00 AM
DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES -- (Marketwire) -- 02/21/13 -- Recruitment in the United Arab Emirates is expected to boom in 2013 as the local economy enjoys a significant boost in investment.
An increasing number of large-scale projects have been announced by both the government and the private sector, and recruitment agencies are reporting that up to 15% more jobs are being advertised compared to a year ago.
Traditional areas of the economy such as oil, gas and petrochemicals are predicted to generate the most number of new jobs, but sectors that have been slow in the recent economic climate, including banking, construction and real estate, are also showing very positive signs.
The UAE is also seen as a beneficiary of the Arab spring uprisings, with the country seen as a safe haven in a still volatile region, while the tourism industry in places like Dubai continues to be very buoyant.
Recruitment experts in the region are in no doubt that this year will represent a great time for those looking to work in the UAE.
A spokesperson for Middle East specialist Mackenzie Jones said: "Dubai and the UAE as a whole has not stopped being a popular place to come and work, but we have definitely seen a significant upturn in the employment market recently.
"The economy has improved and confidence has returned to the private sector, and in our experience there are many employers out there who are currently in hiring mode for everything from marketing jobs to manual construction work.
"With so many serious construction projects in the pipeline, we are seeing considerable demand for workers in many related industries such as utilities and logistics, but we're also witnessing growth in FMCG, retail and healthcare/pharmaceuticals, for instance."
The boost in employment opportunities augurs well for the local economy as a whole, with existing workers likely to experience a resultant upturn in wage levels, a return of annual bonus schemes, and improved job security after a fairly turbulent recent past.
Almost a quarter of a million UK workers currently ply their trade in the UAE, and it's likely that figure will rise significantly over the course of 2013.
One of the first recruitment consultancies in the region, Mackenzie Jones has built up a sizeable presence in Dubai since moving there permanently in 2006.
Among the sectors it provides executive recruitment solutions for are HR, marketing, sales, finance, legal, agency and creative and business support.
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