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GCC Employment summary

Do you need to future proof your career?

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Posted by Hays UAE, December 2015

Financial Auditors, HR Managers, Legal Secretaries and Salespeople make the list of professionals who do not need to ‘future-proof’ their career. According to recruiting experts Hays, demand for their skills is high across the GCC, meaning they can be confident there will be job opportunities for them in 2016.

Experienced professionals working in Accountancy Support, Marketing and IT are also in high demand and are not expected to see demand wane any time soon.

“These professionals are well placed in today’s employment market to find and keep jobs,” says Chris Greaves, Managing Director of Hays Middle East. “They don’t need to ‘future-proof’ themselves as they already have the technical skills and experience employers want for the coming year.

“Provided they keep their skills up to date and are digitally literate, professionals in these areas will experience ongoing career success.”

During the last quarter of 2015 Hays Middle East conducted a survey with over 2,400 employees and 200 employers, who have worked with Hays in the GCC, focusing on remuneration and hiring. The responses coupled with the knowledge of their in house recruitment experts, has given them great insights into the 2015 hiring market and expectations for 2016. The full results of the survey are explored in the Hays 2016 GCC Salary & Employment Guide, due for release mid-January 2016.

If your profession isn’t highlighted as in demand in the Hays 2016 GCC Salary & Employment Guide, Chris suggests you consider up-skilling. “Consider expanding your technical skills and experience, either through training or by moving to another organisation where you can gain exposure to new industries or a wider client base.

“Plan your career progression, and make sure you are digitally proficient and up-to-date with the latest technological advances related to your job function and industry. Today everyone needs to progress with the advancements in the digital world”.

According to the soon to be released Hays 2016 GCC Salary & Employment Guide, ‘future-proofed’ professions include;

Accountancy & Finance

Accountancy support and senior positions are high in demand with organisations actively filling gaps within their Finance teams. Audit positions are also high on the agenda as well as Senior Commercial Finance experts.


The most in demand roles are Quantity Surveyors, Contracts Managers and HSEQ specialists. This is because of a number of projects under way including major GCC wide expressway schemes, the Qatar Mega Water Reservoir Project and airport redevelopments in Abu Dhabi, Jeddah and Riyadh.

Engineering – MEP & Civil

Demand is typically based on upcoming projects, currently this includes Highway Project Managers, Contract / Commercial Managers, Design Engineers, Architectural and Interior Designers and MEP managers.

Human Resources

HR Managers with change/transformation experience and CIPD qualifications/Masters in HR are in demand. The preparation for future business growth has also resulted in demand for Recruitment Specialists with GCC experience, and professionals with good knowledge of Middle East employment law.

Information Technology

ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) experts are in demand as more organisations adopt the software into the operation of their business. Commercial and business astute professionals with degree relevant qualifications and local experience will also do well as the demand for IT and Project managers increase.

Office Support

First class Legal Secretaries with Multi-National law firm experience has topped the list of ‘most in demand’ for a number of years now. Also increasing in popularity is strong Arabic English bilingual Executive level PA’s, and well-presented, professional Receptionists to give a good first impression on the front of house.

Sales & Marketing

Digital and content professionals are still in high demand across the Middle East, in particular mid to senior roles. Business Development Managers are highly in demand as companies arm themselves for future growth.

The Hays 2016 GCC Salary & Employment Guide, will be released mid-January 2016. The guide is unique look at salary and hiring trends in 2015 and employee and employer expectations for 2016.

Don't forget to check back then to download the guide!