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    Dubai hotels seen to increase hiring this year

    Staff Report Published: February 16, 2017

    The hotel and hospitality industry in this international city that never sleeps is “likely” to go on a hiring mode this year, according to a report by the jobs consultancy firm, Robert Walters.
    The government is removing obstacles to entry, including visas on arrival for Chinese visitors, and it wants to attract tourists from a wide range of countries, said Jason Grundy, Robert Walters country head for the Middle East.
    This, he said, “along with widespread economic stimulus in the run-up to Expo 2020, will increase talent demand in the areas of legal, finance, sales and marketing, procurement, IT and strategy into the hotel and hospitality sector.”
    Dubai received nearly 15 million visitors in 2016, an increase of 5% year on year.
    Meantime, professionals in the Middle East are likely to see an average of two percent increase in their salaries this year, according to the consultancy firm.
    The year will start on a flat note; however, modest gains are expected in the second half of the year. Economic growth in the run up to Expo 2020 will increase demand for talent across legal, finance, sales and marketing, procurement and IT in 2017, the report stated.
    This is despite the slump in the price of oil over the last 24 months and subdued business confidence, it said. The procurement and supply chain sector are expected to see the strongest salary growth of three percent, it said.
    Professionals in sales and marketing can anticipate a 1.5 percent wage hike, it added.
    “Factors such as political instability in the Middle East, the low price of oil, China stagnation and a high dollar affected the UAE job market in 2016,” said Grundy.
    This resulted in employers focusing on optimization of supply chain functions due to changes in consumer behavior. But, as the economy improves, positive growth is expected in 2017, he stressed.
    Meantime, the report also noted that LinkedIn recently said companies in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region are preparing for an increase in hiring volume.
    Jobs pertaining to operations, sales, and engineering will be the highest priority roles to fill in 2017, said the report, citing LinkedIn’s Mena Recruiting Trends 2017.

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