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Top 10 most in-demand jobs in UAE in 2020


DUBAI – Looking for a job this year? If you have the specialist skills for these most in-demand jobs in the UAE, then you’ll definitely get closer to a job offer.

With economic growth in the Emirates “set to accelerate” this year, candidates with specialist and digital skills will have the upper hand, according to recruitment consultant Robert Half UAE.

Overall, employers are looking for candidates with “specialist skills, industry experience and systems knowledge”, said Gareth El Mettouri, associate director of Robert Half UAE.

According to the latest research, the year 2020 is expected to intensify the war for talent in the UAE. Let’s look at the top 10 in-demand jobs in the UAE and their average yearly salaries.

1. Management accountants ($79,300 — $113,000)

With an increase in start-ups in the UAE, there is rising demand for accounting professionals to organise their financial processes. At the same time, small and medium businesses, as well as large multinational companies, are looking for accountants to streamline costs.

Management accountants were the fourth most in-demand role in 2019 with an expected starting salary of $63,500.

2. Chief financial officers ($196,100 — $438,900)

There is a “talent deficit” across the finance and accounting sector, Robert Half UAE said. As the head of financial operations, chief financial officers are key to delivering business targets and, therefore, can command the highest salary of the UAE’s in-demand roles.

3. Risk managers ($98,100 — $156,900)

One of the most in-demand professions is risk managers due to rapid advancements in technology and the need to assess the dangers posed by these technologies.

4. Heads of digital/digital transformation ($170,800 — $261,600)

“The UAE technology market is one of the most competitive in the region,” Robert Half’s analysis said. Heads of digital transformation are needed to oversee digital strategies across all types of businesses, which is why this role’s salary range is the second highest after chief financial officers.

5. Artificial intelligence (AI) developers ($52,300 — $125,100)

Artificial intelligence is the new frontier and candidates with mid- to senior-level experience will “stand out against the competition”, Robert Half said.

6. HR business partners ($65,400 — $98,000)

There will be a surge in demand for human resources business partners who specialise in the benchmarking of compensation and benefits packages to attract and retain staff.

7. Talent acquisition specialists ($39,200 — $58,900)

Large multinational companies are in particular need of talent acquisition professionals as the need to source top talent becomes increasingly competitive.

8. Legal counsel ($89,000 — $155,500)

Developments in FinTech, financial regulations and dispute resolution are the main drivers for the increasing demand for legal counsel professionals. Companies are looking for candidates with five to eight years of local experience.

Senior counsel was one of the most in-demand positions in 2019, with UAE companies offering in-house positions to help minimise legal advisory costs.

9. Legal assistants ($46,000 — $65,000)

Employers will be looking for bilingual legal assistants, as companies increase their compliance with international best practice standards and require drafting contracts in different languages.

10. Security analysts ($55,600 — $114,400)

Security analysts will also be in high demand to advise businesses on how to secure their data.

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