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We can work it out: the future for the GCC’s labour markets

“Help wanted” signs are going up all over the Gulf as employers seek to expand their workforces and attract migrant labourers. This hiring spree is not the kind of free-for-all seen in previous oil booms, however. In Saudi Arabia, for example, overseas workers make up more than 70 percent of the labour market, but their […]

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Tech and tax jobs fuel UAE’s strongest job growth in 6 years

The UAE has recorded its strongest employment growth since 2016 in a jobs boom fuelled by technology and professional services. But despite a growing number of vacancies and intense domestic and regional competition for the best candidates, analysts have warned that salaries — while rising — are failing to keep up with the red-hot jobs […]

Higher wages in Emirates entice Filipino expats to invest

Four-fifths of Filipino expats in the UAE plan to make investments in the next 12 months as rising wages and a strong dollar give them greater purchasing power back home.  The UAE’s official population statistics do not provide a breakdown by nationality, although by unofficial estimates there are around 560,000 Filipinos living in the UAE, […]

UAE warns against hiring ‘ghost’ Emiratis to meet quota targets

UAE authorities have warned private sector organisations against hiring ‘ghost’ Emirati employees in the race to meet their Emiratisation targets. The Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation last week called on companies with more than 50 employees to expedite a target to fill 10 percent of their positions with Emiratis before the end of 2022. […]

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UAE launches new unemployment insurance scheme

The United Arab Emirates launched an unemployment insurance scheme on Tuesday as part of reforms aimed at attracting more talent and investment to the regional business hub amid rising competition. The new scheme, originally announced in May, offers compensation for up to three months for public and private sector employees who lose their jobs, the […]

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Young Arabs want action on wasta, lack of jobs and rising costs

Nearly two thirds of young adults in the Levant are struggling financially and a sizeable minority have fallen into debt, according to this year’s Arab Youth Survey. The report also highlights spiralling living costs and scarce job opportunities for much of the Middle East and North Africa’s Generation Z.  The 14th Arab Youth Survey interviewed […]

Saudi tops global expat salaries list while UAE slips

Saudi Arabia continues to offer the highest expatriate salaries in the world, while wages in the UAE have fallen in real terms, recruitment experts have said. Expat salaries in Saudi Arabia rose by 11 percent year on year in 2021 to an average of $188,000 for middle management roles, according to the latest MyExpatriate Market […]

Quotas for funding women-led startups could address male bias

Experts have deemed the regional venture capital industry as “fundamentally biased against women” as new data shows female startups and entrepreneurs secured just 0.1 percent of the $105 million of the available Middle East funding pot last month. In a bid to equalise gender opportunities, the UAE recently mandated that all listed companies must have […]

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China to promote fiscal, monetary policies to support labour market

China will focus on creating jobs and promote fiscal, monetary and industrial policies to stabilise its labour market, Li Zhong, Vice Minister of the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security, said on Thursday. As the Chinese economy struggles to recover from a COVID-induced slump, the youth unemployment rate has surged to a record high […]

Kuwait laying off 750,000 Egyptian workers

Kuwait has announced it will lay off 250,000 Egyptian workers next month and suspend all contracts with non-nationals. Some 500,000 further Egyptian workers will lose their jobs over the next year as the Gulf country seeks to remove all expatriate workers across sectors, according to Middle East Monitor. Egyptians make up around 24 per cent […]

Indian workers return to Gulf in their droves

The demand for skilled, semi-skilled and unskilled Indian workers has increased “drastically” as a rebound in Gulf economic growth signals the end of the coronavirus-induced reverse migration of workers from the region. An increase of nearly 50 percent in fresh migration to the six Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) members – including the UAE, Saudi Arabia, […]

Sri Lankans flee crisis in mass brain drain as turmoil worsens

Shamla Yoosoof, an investment researcher from Colombo, left Sri Lanka with her three-year-old son and a jam-packed suitcase, swapping economic chaos at home for a new start in Dubai. She flew out in June to join her husband who had secured a job as a sales and marketing director there weeks before – one of […]

Big increase in UAE-based private sector employees

The number of UAE-based private sector employees increased by nine percent in Q2, 2022, compared to the same period last year, the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MoHRE) said in its private sector workforce report. The number of registered private sector employees reached 5.37 million by Q2 2022. Khalil Al Khoori, acting under-secretary for […]

Qatar ramps up recruitment drive ahead of World Cup

With just over 100 days until the start of the tournament, the World Cup Qatar 2022 is looking to hire thousands of temporary workers to help stage the Middle East’s largest ever sports event. Regional competition for talent remains high, but Qatar has so far resisted offering inflated salaries to lure cross-border workers. French hotel […]