Despite the gloom in the economy and plummeting of oil prices, a silver lining has emerged from Dubai as a professional network company has claimed that companies in UAE are still hiring new staff and about 16,000 jobs were offered to the people in the country in past one year.
LinkedIn, a network of three million registered professionals in the UAE said its initial mapping results showed that at least 16,000 vacancies were offered to jobseekers in the country in the past year.
It’s not clear what percentage of the advertised jobs has yet to be filled to date, or whether there has been an increase in hiring this year compared to a year earlier.
LinkedIn’s data showed that tech skills are currently in demand among employers in the UAE. Six of the top ten skills listed by LinkedIn are in the tech industry. Statistical analysis and data mining are also topping the rankings.
Among the core skills being sought after, robotics, data science, 3D printing and Internet of Things are also in demand. LinkedIn said that candidates holding “big data certification” have more edge compared to their peers.
“Currently, UAE is number 16 globally in having the highest number of 3D printing and design talent. Over 60 per cent of 3D talent professionals work for local UAE companies,” said LinkedIn.
Established local companies appear to be hiring the most in UAE, with more than half (58 per cent) of the UAE-based workforce now employed by such organisations, including small and medium enterprises and startups. The rest of the employed professionals in the country are currently working for companies based in the United States, India and Europe.
Among those who employ the most UAE residents, those in professional services topped the list, accounting for 16 per cent of the employees. Companies in the architecture and engineering sector (14 per cent), as well as financial services (10 per cent), retail and insurance (10 per cent), aero/auto/transport (8 per cent) and oil and energy (8 per cent) also dominated the list.
The UAE Economic Graph was drawn from LinkedIn’s huge professional database. The research, done in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, also seeks to equip students with the information they need to learn the “skills of the future.”
“The findings from the Economic Graph will aid students in deciding which qualifications they need in order to make them more employable.”
In terms of college degrees, civil engineering, business management and computer science are popular among undergraduates in the UAE. Among postgraduate students, the most popular ones are industrial engineering, business management and computer science.