Companies across the UAE continue to prepare their workforce for a future that will be impacted by the technologies of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. This will result in continuous growth in human capital investments with the UAE continuing to lead the Middle East region.
The commitment to investing in talent and new technologies has also had a positive impact on job creation. Latest Monster Employment Index (MEI) showed that the UAE registered a 42 per cent year-on-year growth in online job postings in the first quarter of 2019 – the highest growth in the region. The Emirate has long been recognised as an attractive hub for both entrepreneurs and international investors, and the Business Registration and Licensing section at the Department of Economic Development in Dubai has disclosed that 2,459 new licences were issued in March alone and generated an additional 9,661 jobs in the UAE.
Dr Abdul Salam Al Madani, chairman, Index Holding, said: “The UAE, in line with the vision of our wise leadership, has undertaken significant efforts towards the development, advancement and upgradation of skills of HR professionals as well as state entities and institutions in the industry that best serves our collective goals and aspirations through many new strategies and initiatives such as providing a supportive and stable work environment and offering decent living standards for everyone.”
The results of the Michael Page Middle East Job Market Survey for first quarter of 2019 also painted a rosy picture of the ME job market. It found that 64 per cent of ME professionals are positive about the current job market situation, while 80 per cent feel that the future job market situation will get better in the next six months. In addition, 72 per cent of ME professionals said that they would like to ideally live and work in the Middle East for more than five years.
Speaking on how the UAE has witnessed a strong start to the year in terms of the remarkable growth in the overall number of online job postings, Abhijeet Mukherjee, chief executive officer of Monster.com, APAC & Middle East region, noted that the growth is a mere result of the efforts to position the UAE as a global business hub and integrate more UAE citizens in the workforce.
“The government has put in place plans to make the private sector more appealing for national talent, including the consolidation of the public sector and private sector holidays; and with the recently announced plans to create 30,000 more jobs for Emiratis in the private sector this year, the recruitment market will be further stimulated. Such initiatives are a great way to ensure sustainable growth in the economy which is a key objective for the UAE. With these developments, there are exciting times ahead, especially for local talent in the UAE private sector.”
In 2018, the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation created 20,225 jobs for Emirati citizens compared to 6,862 the previous year, in line with the National Employment Agenda and Emiratisation Acceleration programs. Several organisations in the private sector have also played a pivotal role in Emiratization efforts by organising career fairs aimed at UAE nationals and offering exclusive career development programmes.