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Omar Tahboub, general manager of Bayt

Bilingual communication most demanded skill in UAE

DUBAI, April 22, 2019

Most UAE employers are demanding ‘good communication in English and Arabic’ as well as ‘being a team player’ as top skills for their hires this year, according to research by Bayt.com and YouGov.
 
Good communication skills in both the English and Arabic languages are highly sought after (51 per cent), followed by being a team player (46 per cent), having the ability to work under pressure (41 per cent), and good leadership (41 per cent).
 
Business management (34 per cent) and engineering (28 per cent) are the most sought-after academic qualifications amongst employers in the UAE, followed by commerce (25 per cent), administrative qualifications (12 per cent), IT (11 per cent) and hospitality qualifications (8 per cent).
 
For employers looking to hire in the UAE, more than a quarter state that they are looking for candidates with sales and marketing experience (36 per cent), 32 per cent are searching for those with managerial experience, while 28 per cent want mid-level experience (three to seven years).
 
In the UAE, the greatest demand in the coming three months will be for sales executives (38 per cent), sales managers (20 per cent), marketing managers (14 per cent), marketing executives (13 per cent), and customer care representatives (13 per cent). 
 
In terms of industries with the highest hiring potential in the next three months are Human Resource, Advertising / Marketing / Public Relations, and Healthcare / Medical Services.
 
Omar Tahboub, general manager of Bayt, said: “Hiring activities never stop across the region or on our job site. Employers are making many job opportunities available on Bayt.com and they are revealing which qualifications are most useful so that job seekers can plan and upgrade their skills accordingly.”
 
“Our research is a key indicator of the Mena region’s hiring activities. A higher probability for hiring with private sector multinational companies can be observed with most companies looking for good communication skills in Arabic and English as the top skill for potential candidates. In addition to providing an overview of current market trends, the findings will have practical significance job seekers and professionals making their short and long term plans,” said Kerry McLaren, head of Omnibus Mena at YouGov. –TradeArabia News Service
 



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