According to industry experts, there is currently a notable surge in demand for entry-level junior executive positions in the UAE job market. This increase is attributed to various initiatives in the country aimed at attracting and retaining talent.
The UAE stands out as a secure and highly sought-after destination, particularly in light of instability in other parts of the world. Professionals with robust careers are compelled to relocate to cities with more welcoming immigration policies, leading to a pronounced demand for these professional roles, explained Nikhil Nanda, Director of Innovations Group, in an exclusive interview with Arabian Business.
A recent survey conducted by Bayt revealed that 46% of companies in the UAE are actively seeking candidates for junior executive positions. The survey also highlighted a strong demand for roles such as sales manager, accountant, sales executive, and administrative assistant, showcasing the diverse opportunities available in the vibrant job market, according to Syed Muhammad Hisham of Bayt.
Nanda suggested that the increased demand for entry-level positions may be linked to the migration of talented professionals from countries experiencing unrest and inflation, creating a substantial pool of individuals eager to secure their first job abroad.
The increased demand for entry-level positions may be linked to the migration of talented professionals from countries experiencing unrest and inflation
The Bayt survey also emphasised that candidates for these roles are prioritised based on factors such as strong communication skills and business management qualifications.
Nanda pointed out that the UAE job market is exceptionally robust, especially during the winter season, attributing this strength to the ease of bringing in talent from around the world. He noted that employers benefit from the flexibility to hire on short-term contracts and test talent.
Despite the influx of employment seekers, challenges arise in meeting specific skill and qualification requirements due to initiatives like the green residence visa. Industries experiencing significant growth include IT, oil & gas, logistics, real estate, and hospitality. Booming sectors such as e-commerce, banking, finance, and accounting have also been identified.
Renewable energy, particularly solar and hydro projects, is an underestimated industry that has seen an increase in engineering jobs, according to Nanda.
In the face of a highly competitive market, job seekers in the UAE must focus on timing and personal branding, according to Nanda. Employers, grappling with the surge in demand, experience extended hiring processes, posing a challenge for candidates who limit their job search timeframe.
For successful job seekers, Nanda advises self-branding, belief in their ideas, and finding a job where they can deliver the best results due to their talent and interest. Building connections and identifying passion, he concluded, are crucial steps in navigating the competitive job market.