Overall, demand for additional staff in the country went up by 45 per cent last month, according to the latest Monster Employment Index.
Organisations in the healthcare business continued to show a huge appetite for growth, with recruitment activity rising by 76 per cent year-on-year. This is thanks largely to continued investment into medical facilities and growth of medical tourists visiting the country.
In the education industry, hiring posted a 72 per cent increase, while information technology and Telecom/ISP registered a 58 per cent growth in recruitment activity.
“As the region continues to look for better talent, professionals with the right mix of expertise and skills are highly sought-after,” said Sanjay Modi, managing director for Monster.com (India, Middle East, Southeast Asia and Hong Kong), which supplied the hiring figures.
Monster.com regularly tracks hiring activities by combing through tens of thousands of employer postings online,
Sanjay said the increase in hiring in the medical industry is a result of the government’s effort to establish Dubai as a top destination for people seeking medical treatment abroad. “[The] Dubai Healthcare Authority has in recent years been promoting the emirate as a medical tourism hub, and I expect more investment in this industry to further stimulate the job market,” said Modi.
“In 2015, 150,000 medical tourists used 1,400 of the emirate's 2,900 healthcare facilities, coming from within the UAE, the GCC, Asia and Europe. The DHA expects this statistic to increase to 170,000 medical tourists in 2016, with revenues of about $300 million.”
However, competition for new jobs among hotel, creative and energy professionals could be tough. The hospitality industry alone posted a negative three percent annual growth in hiring.
Those in the advertising, market research, public relations, media and entertainment posted a 4 per cent decline, while firms in the oil and gas industry registered an 8 per cent dip.
Online job listings had dropped considerably late last year because of declining oil prices and softening of Dubai’s real estate market.
The growth in hiring activity only indicates that despite the slowdown in the oil and gas industry, a number of employers remain positive about the business or economic conditions.
“The remarkable rise in job opportunities across a variety of non-oil sectors in the UAE shows that despite the falling oil prices, there is an underlying trend of optimism in the market, driving expectations for growth in 2016,” said Sanjay Modi, managing director, Monster.com.
Report from gulfnews.com