Hiring trends in the Middle East for 2019
In 2019, demand will increase in the Middle East for government sector related roles – notably IT, legal, finance, banking and HR. Meanwhile, demand for legal professionals is expected to remain steady across the Gulf.
Digitalisation will be at the forefront in 2019, as companies look to optimise performance, which will create an atmosphere of excitement and activity.
In the UAE, the growing demand for nationals will continue to dominate the market as many companies aim to comply with Emiratisation legislation. As a result, local market knowledge will be a key differentiator for all professionals across the region. Multinationals will continue to open their regional headquarters in the UAE as this is the only truly expat friendly location for the region. This will bring further opportunities for all head office professionals.
The job market in Saudi Arabia will continue to be busy for government roles; we expect the private sector to follow suit and recover in 2019. Sectors such as IT, manufacturing, logistics, finance, banking and education will be key benefactors.
The rush to hire good-quality Gulf candidates will create increased candidate movement, especially in Saudi Arabia. However, candidates need to be wary of too many moves too quickly on their CV, to avoid permanent damage to their career prospects.