United Arab Emirates – 2018 Total Workforce Index™ Country Profile Article


Officials in the United Arab Emirates anticipate that 40% of jobs present in the workplace today will disappear in the next 10 years. With this in mind, plans to narrow the skills gap in the United Arab Emirates require careful workforce planning and reforms to education. A rise in business confidence is due to the United Arab Emirates’ economic diversification agenda the growing adoption of digital technologies in the region. With increased investments into artificial intelligence and robotics, there will be an increase in the need for skills in these areas.

The introduction of VAT will also bolster hiring in the accounting and finance professions. Other future in-demand skills based on local recruitment trends include sales, banking and financial services, E-commerce, digital transformation, and information security professionals. Because of United Arab Emirates market maturity, coupled with its location and proximity to the Middle East, this market is used as a regional hub for many organizations and local workforce efforts in the region particularly because of strong language and technology skills

The growing popularity of cloud services and the technology ecosystem in this market is expected to create more than 55,000 jobs in the United Arab Emirates by the end of 2022, according to recent research. The implementation of nationwide initiatives such as UAE Vision 2021 and Smart Dubai, along with similar initiatives in other sectors such as tourism, transportation, education and healthcare, has led to a boost in IT investment across many sectors as well as increased hiring.

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