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There’s finally some good news for job seekers in the UAE



If you’re sat at your desk with Thursday afternoon blues, you may find yourself looking through the job postings on LinkedIn. Notice anything? There are probably starting to be more jobs available in the UAE than there were at the start of the year.

According to the latest Middle East Jobs Index from recruitment agency Robert Walters, although the total number of advertised positions decreased from 5, 786 in the first three months of 2016 to 3,890 in the first quarter of 2017, things are actually looking up.

Although it’s an approximate 33 percent drop since this time last year, the last few months have actually seen a slight uptick in the job market. There has been a three percent rise in the number of job postings from the end of 2016 to the end of March this year.

Jobs areas that have seen the strongest growth in the last quarter include procurement and supply chain jobs, and sales and marketing.

Jason Grundy, country head at Robert Walters Middle East told Arabian Business there had been “evident signs of improvement in 2017, driven by a more stable oil price in the UAE over the past two months”.

He said: “While market conditions remain challenging for some sectors, especially legal and banking and we note the reduced number of roles between both years, I am pleased to see some sectors, in particular supply chain and sales and marketing, are seeing an increase in the vacancies advertised.”

So there you have it. Although the recent slump in oil price and strong dollar may have put your job search on hold temporarily, it seems that now might be a good time to start looking again. Especially if you’re in procurement or sales.

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