Increasing demand for tech jobs in the UAE

Statistics from recruitment consultancy Robert Half show that IT and applications development jobs are highly sought after in the UAE.
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The diversification of the UAE’s economy has led to an increase in demand for specialist jobs related to technology, according to new statistics from recruitment consultancy Robert Half.

In its 2019 Salary Guide, Robert Half said that a majority (89 percent of CFOs) feel confident about their company’s growth prospects for the year ahead.

Over half of business leaders in Dubai and 45 percent in Abu Dhabi have expressed concern about the effort needed to attract, secure and retain specialist professionals in the future.

“Numerous economic indicators show that business confidence and growth are on the rise in the UAE region, which is creating more opportunities for talented professionals to develop their careers,” said Robert Half UAE associate director Gareth El Mettouri.

“The pervasiveness of new technologies including artificial intelligence, robotics and machine learning in every business sector means that people with digital skills and know-how are particularly in demand.”

El Mettouri added that “hiring managers need to ensure they have effective recruitment strategies in place to secure their favourite candidates, as well as offer the optimum combination of salaries and benefits.”

In the tech field, the most in-demand jobs are mid-level to managerial.

Starting salaries

According to Robert Half, the most in-demand jobs in tech for 2019 will be IT security analysts, applications developer, and systems develop. The jobs have predicted starting salaries of between $46,600 and $125,100.

In accounting and financing, the top three most in demand roles for 2019 were found to be finance directors, financial planning and analysis manager, and financial analysts, with starting salaries of $65,400 and $402,800.

Other in-demand jobs for 2019 were found to be compliance managers, investment banking and mergers and acquisition associates, FX sales managers, HR business partners, HR heads, and personal assistants.

“The evolution of the workplace is seeing businesses needing to fill their ranks with specialist and digitally skilled professionals,” El Mettouri said.

“The professionals who possess all of these skills are hard to come by, so to avoid reduced productivity and limited growth with open vacancies, business leaders should consider how they promote their employer brand, company culture and the training and development options to ensure they can attract the necessary talent needed for the future of work.”

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