Opportunity: South Africans are chasing hot jobs in the UAE


A large population of South Africans resides in the UAE, estimated at between 40 000 and 100 000 as of 2008. Moreover, Time Out magazine estimated that 50 000 South Africans resides in Dubai alone as of 2009.

Why are South Africans so attracted to the UAE?

Many people working in Dubai support families back in South Africa and send large amounts of money back home. Companies in the UAE are looking for specific skills that seem to be all too common in South Africa. However, South Africans are seeking jobs in Abu Dhabi.

For those of you who are missioning to find greener grass, it will serve you well to review some of these most sought-after skills in the UAE – find out what companies are demanding right now, what job opportunities are popular and also, where recruiters are primarily looking to hire:

LinkedIn’s “Middle East and North Africa Recruiting Trends 2017,” suggests that attracting new recruits will remain a primary focus area for organisations across the UAE and the rest of the Middle East.

As a result, those working in the human resource (HR) sector will be much busier this year, since the key focus area will be on the quality of recruitment. LinkedIn also showed that jobs relating to engineering, sales and operations, will be the top roles to fill next year.

Ali Matar, head of LinkedIn talent solutions for growth markets, southern Europe, Middle East and North Africa articulates that recruiting teams are thinking of more strategic ways to recruit.

“The demand for operations, sales and engineering talent is so prevalent that recruiting teams in the region have to start thinking more strategically about how to find and recruit these talent pools,” he says.

In a separate report, LinkedIn revealed the top skills that companies want most, in job applicants:

Statistical analysis and data mining ranked at number one – no surprise here since a large number of countries are hungry for data. Next was public policy and international relations, algorithm design, web architecture and development framework and SEO/SEM marketing

Where to get discovered

Online networking sites are the most effective locations for all South Africans to put forward their CVs. Social media networks are said to be the favourite place for recruiters to discover the right candidate, while others depend on employee referrals and some going mainstream, by keeping up-to-date with online job portals.