REPORT: The three UAE sectors hiring now

If you’re looking to join the UAE’s work force particularly its finance, accounting and real-estate division, we’ve got some great news for you.

According to a new report published by recruitment consultancy , the previously mentioned sectors are looking to hire and they’re doing so with great demand.

The Robert Half 2018 Salary Guide found that the three most in-demand roles in the UAE are tax managers at large companies (with a predicated 2018 starting salary ranging from), financial planning and analysis directors (US$164,500 to US$238,200) and credit controllers at small companies (US$52,200 to US$65,500).

The report published earlier this week also found that there has been a great increase in the city’s need for tech representatives. The three most sought after positions listed were project and programme managers (with a predicated 2018 starting salary ranging from US$98,100 and US$163,500), business system analysts (US$55,600 to US$100,900) and application developers (US$52,300 to US$121,000).

It also found that the financial services industry is experiencing a significant shift as 80 percent of banks have stated that they are looking to implement blockchain projects by the end of 2017 as well as fulfil the nation’s need to prevent and respond to cybercrime and economic instability. Which means that individuals with analytical skills and a surplus of qualifications are in high demand.

According to the report, the most in-demand jobs in the financial sector are compliance officers (with a predicated 2018 starting salary ranging from US$58,900 and US$91,600), anti-money laundering specialists (US$68,700 to $122,600) and M&A associates (US$114,600 to US$192,100).

Those looking to join the nation’s Human Resources (HR) sector are also in luck as according to the report, the most in-demand HR and administration roles were HR heads (with a predicated 2018 starting salary ranging from US$114,400 to US$128,500), HR business partners (US$78,700 to US$81,700) and executive assistants (US$53,000 to US$58,900).

Speaking on the news, the Associate Director of , Gareth El Mettouri said: “In the coming year, businesses will be seeking to retain a competitive advantage while preparing for the challenges which lie ahead. Digital transformation, diversification from the reliance on the oil industry and a new VAT regime have solidified the importance of finding the right candidate.”

He added: “An industry-wide focus on retention, transformation and growth have seen the highest salaries awarded to professionals with the right mix of skills and cultural relevance to meet ever-increasing growth targets.”

To help you nab one of these positions, we asked Suhail Masri, VP of Employer Solutions at, one of the region’s leading job sites, for some advice on how to create the perfect CV.

1. Make Your CV Relevant
“Every vacancy has certain requirements and expectations from job applicants. Certainly, not all job seekers are equal in terms of suitability. This is where CV relevancy comes in. When a company posts a job on for example, they specify what they look for using keywords and categories that fit the position at stake. The more your CV matches those keywords, the more relevant it is for the job posting, hence the higher your rank. Naturally, a higher rank elevates your application on the list and your CV is then more likely to be viewed by the employer.”

2. Make Your CV Fresh
“It doesn’t take a lot of time to add a new item to your CV whenever there is progress in your career. Keeping your CV fresh also reflects how you are coping with the ever-changing times, which is vital in most fields of work. Employers can filter out applicants based on CV freshness. If your CV is not up-to-date, you are likely to be ignored.”

3. Make Your CV Specific
“Each employer looks for something different in their potential employee, even if two jobs are similar in nature. This is why having a CV tailored to each job you apply for is important. Of course, there are numerous reasons for why you would want to create multiple CVs, just make sure that you are submitting the most relevant CV for each job’s requirements, industry standards and location specifications.”

4. Make Your CV Stronger
“Sometimes, a CV is not enough to grab the attention of the employer. A CV simply gives a glimpse into your achievements and its only purpose is to secure a job interview, not the dream contract. So, you really need a well-written covering letter to accompany your application. This takes the relevant experiences and elaborates on them, offering a more comprehensive idea about you and why you are a fit for the job.”

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