ABU DHABI: With hiring activity growing at 18 percent compared to the same period a year ago, the UAE exhibited the most positive employment growth among its neighboring countries in April 2016.
Sanjay Modi, managing director at Monster.com for India, Middle- East, South East Asia and Hong Kong, was quoted as saying by WAM that looking at the UAE market specifically, certain sectors are still hiring robustly at a time the employment index dropped in the Middle East.
He reportedly said that the healthcare industry is the biggest generator of employment opportunities.
“For the third month in a row, the industry is charting the steepest growth in year-on-year online recruitment activity; up by 45 per cent in April 2016. This is not surprising, since the country is anticipated to require an annual increase of nearly three per cent in the number of hospital beds, demanding for more than 13,800 beds by 2020,” he said.
“The key driver behind this upward trend is the rising health programs and improved regulatory frameworks by the UAE government; the country’s liberalizing policies are attracting global cross-border deals, allowing for mergers, acquisition and strategic tie ups between pharmaceutical players and hospitals to develop a world class healthcare infrastructure,” he added.
Modi pointed out the impressive annual growth of 49 per cent in job opportunities for healthcare professionals also mirrors the UAE’s focus on training and development of this profession. The Ministry of Health and Prevention has recently announced its plans to attract more Emirati men and women to the nursing sector.