Healthcare leads UAE jobs market but overall employment listings online down 22%

The healthcare sector is expected to drive the jobs market in the UAE as opportunities dry up in hospitality, oil and gas, and banking industries.

Demand in healthcare professionals increased by 12 per cent year-on-year in terms of jobs listed online at the portal last month, according to the Monster Employment Index (MEI).

The overall jobs market showed a drop of 22 per cent year-on-year in the number of jobs listed on the portal for the UAE last month.

“Amid an uncertain employment landscape in the UAE, healthcare continues to demonstrate strong demand for medical professionals,” said Sanjay Modi, the managing director for Asia Pacific and Middle East at

Expansion of existing hospitals and construction of new hospitals to tap into the private healthcare market drive the recruitment in the sector. At, the current jobs in the healthcare segment vary from physicians and nurses to sales engineers for healthcare devices and medical transcriptionists.

Among the new hospitals in the pipeline are AsterDM’s largest Medcare-branded hospital expected to open in Sharjah with 150 beds next month, and a 100-bed Aster hospital in the northern emirate next year.

Consumer goods division reported a 25 per cent year-on-year growth in online job posts followed by manufacturing and automotive, and engineering and construction sectors at 8 per cent and 6 per cent respectively.

The hospitality sector reported the steepest drop in job opportunities at 38 per cent year-on-year.

This comes despite the number of hotels under construction in Dubai alone last month reaching 20,882 rooms across 67 hotels, the second highest in Middle East after Mecca, according to the analytics company STR. The hotel construction is in anticipation of Expo 2020 in Dubai.

The oil and gas sector meanwhile recorded a fall of 33 per cent, and the banking and financial service sector fell 22 per cent year-on-year.

Among the hardest hit are the accountants and software and hardware professionals besides the customer service personnel.

In the Arabian Gulf, Bahrain, Kuwait and Oman reported a year-on-year growth in online recruitment.

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